I will never forget your kindness! You have an amazing heart! You are much too kind!

Hearing these passionate words stirs something wonderful deep in your soul. It not only raises your state of mind about your own self-image, it also sets a positive foundation to live fully in your day!

Usually, my content is geared around increasing your confidence and your ability to become a stronger and more effective writer.

This morning I woke up feeling differently. This desire to write about something near and dear to my heart took over.

Every so often, life’s plans and events manage to turn out differently than you hope. Those unexpected events arise seemingly out of nowhere.

An unkind word from someone or an action that is absolutely uncalled for can immediately change how you feel in an instant.

Suddenly a multitude of questions penetrates your thoughts. Do you deserve what is happening to you or is this person completely being thoughtless?

Words do hurt and how you treat people can have devastating results.

How can you resist the desire to join in and be just as unpleasant?

Audrey Hepburn once said, “for beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

Generously giving someone a warm smile or taking a moment out of your demanding day to express a caring word can make all the difference in the life of another human being, and it will make you feel good about the positive action you’ve taken.

Once a week I meet up with a local writing group at a unique Reno coffee shop called Pianissimo’s.

I have watched the friendly actions of the owners of this place each time I visit. It is obvious both Cheryl and Larry are doing their best to build a successful business.

However, what makes them different, is that they take the time to know each and every one of their customers. And they do it in a most authentic way.

The young people that work for them are also just as genuine in the way they treat each person that comes into this establishment.

It is obvious the moment you walk through the doors, each patron is valued. Everyone who works here loves what they do and they appreciate each person who frequents their business.

People living in today’s world move at such a hectic pace. It seems everything must be finished as quickly as possible. You’re either caught up in receiving and then answering messages on your cell phone or spending too much time looking at the latest photos on Instagram.

With this “busy” lifestyle, it is no wonder how easy it is to forget the old-fashioned values of personally connecting with someone who is right in front of you.

Being on the receiving end of kindness is an incredible feeling, especially when so much of the world seems to be losing out by not practicing kindness.

It’s time to drop the unpleasant manifesto you use toward your co-worker, your spouse, your child, a relative, parent, or to people who are different from you.

Kevin Garnet says, at the end of the day, you’re responsible for yourself and your actions and that’s all you can control. So rather than be frustrated with what you can’t control, try to fix the things you can.

Here’s your invitation: Practice kindness this week. Start by being good to yourself and then do something nice for someone you love.

Experience the positive feeling you’ll receive when extending a kind word or a gentle smile toward someone you don’t know. The rewards of being kind to others start with the action of one person at a time. Be part of the kindness movement. Your thoughtful actions will make a difference for others.

Give me some feedback on how being kind to someone has affected your life this week at [email protected], or comment below. #WritingMadeEasy

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