I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, is Ever Wasted

on November 12, 2012

This classic quote from the Ancient Greek Author, Aesop (Aesop’s Fables) is so true.  It doesn’t matter if you do a small act of kindness or a big act of kindness – the important thing is that you do an act of kindness and it is never a waste of time.  Being kind to someone else can change their life.  Many people believe that nobody cares about them and that their life is not important.  Just something as simple as a friendly smile or a kind word can literally ‘make their day’.

World Kindness Day is tomorrow and it kicks off World Kindness Week.  I’ve started working on my own kindness list and I encourage anyone who reads this post to make their own kindness list.  We all need to do our part in helping make this world a better place to live.   It doesn’t matter how anyone else acts or how we have been treated in the past, we can start by setting a positive example for others to follow.  It is our responsibility as a human being.

Kindness can be contagious!  Try smiling at someone who looks unhappy or upset and see what happens.  I’ve done this many times and most often I get a smile in return.  It also makes me feel good to know I’ve made an impact on someone else, even if it is a small thing.  Giving away a smile doesn’t cost anything, but it might just lift that person’s spirits and help them feel good enough to smile at someone else.

Here is a list of 7 things that I plan on doing during the next week.  There will probably be other things to add – I’ll let you know.

  1. Smile at as many people as I can.
  2. Go through my clothing and take some items to a women’s group.
  3. Send an “I miss you” card to an old friend.
  4. Call family members and remind them how much I care about them.
  5. Pick up any litter I see outside.
  6. Talk to a lonely neighbour.
  7. Pay for a someone’s ticket to a woman’s night this week.


Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.   ~Mark Twain

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ~Tenzin Gyatso

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.  ~Jesse Jackson

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.  ~Unknown

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.  ~Author Unknown

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.  ~Seneca

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.  ~Unknown

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.  ~Leo Buscaglia

Every day you should reach out and touch someone.  People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.  ~Maya Angelou

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