Kindness and Gratitude Go Hand in Hand

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Kindness and gratitude go hand in hand. We are half way with our 30 Days of Kindness Challenge.

How is it going?

I have a funny story. Every time I dedicate a month to kindness and gratitude, I have some kind of medical challenge.  Last time, we focused on kindness and gratitude, I broke my wrist and it was very bad.   I needed help for weeks.  This time, I had oral surgery.

The medical staff at the surgery center were perfect examples of kindness and gratitude and so was my husband as he tried to find nutritious liquids for me to consume.

My heart is overwhelmed with the kindness and gratitude that I have received, once again.

Kindness and Gratitude starts with us! The more I am grateful, the more my eyes are opened to opportunities for kindness.

Here are Days 15 – 30:

DAY 15

  • Smile easily and laugh
  • Recognize the good in others

DAY 16

  • Take a meal to a family you know
  • Run an errand for somebody

DAY 17

  • Say something nice to everyone you see
  • Offer someone behind you in the grocery check-out line to go in front of you.

DAY 18

  • Give encouragement to someone who is working hard
  • Make a personalized playlist for a family member

DAY 19

  • Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while
  • Always keep your word

DAY 20

  • Offer to pet sit for someone for free
  • Shop for someone who is ill

DAY 21

  • Put extra change in a meter that is about to run out
  • Send a card or flowers to someone going through tough times

DAY 22

  • Give up your seat for someone else
  • Spend a day saying only nice things to others

DAY 23

  • Be an active listener
  • Leave a treat for your mail carrier in your mailbox

DAY 24

  • Visit a sick friend
  • Forgive mistakes

DAY 25

  • Tip generously
  • Leave a thank you note

 DAY 26

  • Cheer up a friend
  • Ask someone how they are …and really listen

 DAY 27

  • Leave change in the vending machine
  • Donate your talent

DAY 28

  • Don’t nag
  • Be kind to yourself

DAY 29

  • Do nice things and don’t tell anyone about it
  • Send a care package to a soldier

DAY 30

  • Bake a cake for a birthday person
  • Give chocolate generously and often

 

How is it going with your gratitude journal? 31686362_s

Did you:

  • Make time for yourself?
  • Take time for yourself?
  • Keep it easy. (start with 1 thing) You don’t have to write a long list. Just start?

 

I want to share one of my entries with you. I wrote, “Duke smiled when I walked in today. He knows who I am.”  I am speaking of one of my grandsons who knows my voice and my face.  That made my day. What a blessing.  I smile every time I look back and read that entry.

If you still want to get started, here are a few ideas:

  • Just start.
  • Grab some paper and staple it together.
  • Use a spiral notebook or a journal.

The benefit comes in writing down our thoughts is not about what the journal looks like so don’t let that hold you back.  You could even write it on notebook paper.  The beauty is in the reflection. I know that participating in the 30 Days of Kindness Challenge will give all of us an opportunity to make a difference and will be reflected in our Gratitude Journal. Remember that kindness and gratitude go hand in hand.

 

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