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February 22, 2013

Personal Matters: Begin each month with a Kindness Day

Tomorrow, what if:

Another driver waves you into a parking space he could have taken.

You give money to a homeless man begging on the street, and ask him if he wants help instead of condemning people who cannot work.

Someone gives you a flower for no reason in particular.

You offer to help someone with their grocery bags.

Someone holds a door for you and you say “thank you.”

Your boss tells you to go home early because he or she knows you’re not well.

Family members surprise you by doing your usual household chores.

“Thank you” and “please” enter your vocabulary more often.

You offer your seat on the bus to another.

You not only tip the restaurant server, but tell him or her how much you appreciated his good service.

You put a quarter in a parking meter so some person unknown to you won’t receive a ticket.

The world around us suddenly becomes a kinder place. This is how life could be if all of us behaved with more kindness. Life on this planet could change dramatically if each of us made an effort to verbally express, and act out simple kindnesses with fellow human beings. If we can start and maintain a kindness consciousness, we can overcome the harsh sense of separation and alienation that seems to be a growing part of daily life in our country.

For quite a while now, I have been thinking about how to encourage a sustained atmosphere of kindness in our society. My suggestion is that each of us designate the first day of each month as our own personal Kindness Day, so that each first day of the month we actively work, in small ways, to change the way we live and interact with each other, thereby improving the quality of life for all of us.

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