Smile for a cause!

Kindness is a generosity of spirit. It comes to life when we give of ourselves and our time to be of help to others, without expecting anything in return. When you show kindness to somebody you bring out the best in yourself, and a side-effect of brightening up somebody else’s day is to feel happier in the moment yourself.(Hilda_Carroll)

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Pay attention to the impact your behavior has on others, and notice your own feelings in association to their reactions. And think about how you feel yourself when somebody else shows you kindness. What you give comes back to you in even greater quantity. When you are kind, you not only get an immediate payback in terms of a feel-good factor, you will also receive kindness from others, and in completely unexpected and unrelated ways.(Hilda_Carroll)

It is so easy to find ways to be kind to others: say something supportive when you instinctively feel someone needs to hear it; offer help without being asked for it; smile encouragingly; swallow your criticisms; listen without judgement; let mistakes slide instead of assigning blame; make small sacrifices for the benefit of somebody in greater need.(Hilda_Carroll)

A great rule of thumb I apply to my life is to do unto others as I’d have them do unto me, and, do unto myself as I’d do unto others. The latter part is just as important as the first. It is no good to be consistently kind to others and forget to be so to yourself. You will run out of steam, and feel less able to show kindness to others if you don’t replenish your own mind, body and spirit on a regular basis.(Hilda_Carroll)

Being kind to yourself means getting your needs met, being gentle with yourself instead of critical when you feel you’re not performing at your best, forgiving yourself when the need arises instead of beating yourself up. When you get into the habit of treating yourself with kindness, it becomes much easier to extend that consideration and behaviour to others.(Hilda_Carroll)

Too often we take for granted the power of a smile, a touch, a hug, a compliment, a listening ear, and love.  I feel that living in this type of neglect on a regular basis shows a deep sense of neglect towards ourselves.  I have found a really interesting quote from George Washington Carver, that I felt would be some inspiring brain food for you all to digest:

How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”

People Constantly assume that by being nice to others always consists of being hurt as an end conclusion.  If you truly enjoy being nice others go right ahead and do that, however there is a thin line between giving too much and not enough.  This is a measure that one must learn on their own, this is something that is developed over time and experience.  I have spent many of my years extending myself to others and never feeling like I got the same in return.  This hasn’t made me upset, it has just made me very aware of what I feel is being nice to others and not falling victim to the idea of  being nice to others because most say you should be nice to everyone.

You can be nice to someone as stated above, by simply smiling; for example just last night there was a fairly dressed woman buying a cigarette(loosy) in a near by corner store whom said to me: “Hey young man let me hold a Dollar”  Now I thought to myself , while smiling at the woman; she is probably going to use this money to either buy something she feels she needs, something she really needs.  In this moment of me smiling the woman said to me: “You are so handsome, No I mean you are truly handsome, I would try and mack to ya; but you are probably younger than my children.”

(For those of you wondering: No she wasn’t homeless, but most likely a woman whom either misuses her money, simply doesn’t have much money at all) Also this woman could have been just stating this to get money from me, she could have truly wanted to give me an honest compliment.  As she stated this over several times, I reached into my pocket and out came 2 dollars instead of 1.  I could have easily separated the bills and given the woman 1 dollar, but since she had made my day by helping me recognize that I still got it, lol.  I was appreciative of the fact that I was able to give her something that wouldn’t hurt my pockets, but would help her get whatever she planned to do with the little money given.

I consider myself to be a prideful person, for some people randomly asking a stranger for things is easy, however this  is not a condition upon which I can personally relate to.  So in my awesome brain I concluded, that she deserved it for several reasons. Because she made me smile, my smile caused her to give me a compliment that concluded a result of us both smiling and laughing.  It was such a simple gesture that I felt was a great act of kindness on both of our behalf, I gave a little and she gave a little.  The money given was not the important aspect, it was the idea that you can make people feel good with small gestures of your own measure.

I truly suggest that you go out today and put a Big Ole Smile on your face, just cause you woke up today!

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