You don’t need a dime to give the gift of kindness. A smile, a hug, a phone call, a letter, a kind act of service to show that you care. A flower, a poem, a picture, a listening ear. A shoulder to cry on, a pat on the back, a little bit of your time. Words of encouragement, words of praise, words that say, “I am thinking about you.”
Kindness can be the greatest gift of all.
Sometimes those that deserve our kindness the least, need it the most. Sometimes being kind requires us to put aside our own pride, rise above our bitterness and resentment, and be the best that we can be. Sounds difficult, I know. But what if everyone lived this way?
Acts of kindness have a ripple effect. Go ahead and begin a chain reaction.
In life you can never be too kind or too fair; everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load. When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with.
Brian Tracy (1944)
How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment. We can start now, start slowly, changing the world. How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make a contribution toward introducing justice straightaway. And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!
Anne Frank (1929-1945)
Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It is an experience more powerful than words. To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit.
Robert J. Furey