“Kindness is just love with its work boots on” – Author Unknown ….
There are so many horrific stories in the news of late: Mass shootings, bombings, robberies, natural disasters, and political rhetoric that is designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator in humanity. It all contributes to increased stress levels.
In my community of Fort McMurray, Alberta many residents continue to struggle with the frustration of dealing with insurance claims and attempting to rebuild their lives. It is a place where people struggle to get back to normal, but the benchmark of “normal” has been drastically changed. For many home is no longer home but a dwelling with four empty walls. It does not feel like home because all the little things that make a place home have been reduced to ash and many of the comforts once enjoyed are not to be had.
I cannot imagine the…
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In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, courtesy is described as a: behavior marked by polished manners or respect for others: courteous behavior b: a courteous and respectful act or expression.
Common courtesy can be as simple as saying “please” and “thank you” when asking for and receiving a service, gift or assistance. Kindness and courtesy really do go a long way and are noticed by others even if you do not realize it. It is easy to let someone in front of you in traffic. Hold open a door for someone or give a person a hand with his groceries. Give up your seat on the bus to someone who might need it. Introduce yourself to the new employee or kid at school and take the time to introduce her to the rest of the crew.
These are just a few examples of small things that make a difference to someone else. They are momentary deeds of being courteous.
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Inspirational: Be Kind To Others, It Will Pay Off
National I Want You to be Happy Day is observed annually on March 3. This day was created as a day encouraging us to do something to make others happy. Putting a smile on someone’s face tends to put one on ours, too. It’s actually quite limitless. A flower here, a silly knock-knock joke there. Buy the person’s coffee standing in line behind you. Remind your kids how much you love them. Leave a sticky note for a co-worker telling them to have a spectacular day, a happy day.
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