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You Can’t Give Away Kindness.

kindness, giving awayYou can’t give away kindness.  It keeps coming back.  Seen on a local church sign.  Makes the world a better place.  Doesn’t it?  How well you treat others will determine how well you are treated.  Make somebody’s day.  Stop an avalanche of anger that started when that person got up on the wrong side of the bed today.

There is so much you can do to make the world a better place.  Good is more powerful than evil.  Happiness and laughter are contagious.  Don’t let the world drag you down.  Turn the other cheek.  Don’t let rude behavior become contageous.  Say something cheerful like , “It looks like we’re going to have a sunny day,” instead of something  depressing.kindness

Remember Be it, until you become it.  How many breast cancer victims laughed their way through chemotherapy?  Laughter is the best medicine.  Whose lives can you touch positively this day?  Say, “Thank you,” for everything that effects your life.  Clean water, shelter, plentious food, the affection of spouse, children, and friends.  The fact that you are warm and comfortable or cool and comfortable.   An attitude of thankfulness like an act of kindness can change your world.  Instead of always looking for something to gripe about.laughing_cat

Being picky can ruin your day as well as someone else’s.  I won’t be happy if…I don’t get my morning latte, there is a traffic jam on the way to work, I oversleep and am late, etc.  Remember your attitude determines your altitude.  If not plan A, then plan B, if not plan B, then plan C, etc.  Who knows what will work out for you.  Being right is not the be all and end all of existence.

Happiness depends on you.  Be very careful how you spend your day.  It only comes by once.  Share a kindness with someone today, maybe even yourself.  Do you create disappointment and hurt feelings when and where they didn’t exist before.  It is like a rolling snowball gathering momentum and more snow as it goes downhill.

What would you rather create? happiness or gloominess.  For example, somewhere a person is not happy because the sun is shining.  Is it you?  You are in a bad mood and it is going to stay that way.  Watch out everybody, here I come.  Madder than a wet hen about what is going on in your world right now.  Bad news travels fast.  What about good news.  Haven’t we lost our focus and let other things (especially the media and other people) determine our mood.

Do your part to “lighten” up the world and it will come back to you.kindness,acts of

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Doing Those Things Others Can’t Or Won’t Do

Lawrence Kohlberg's stages of moral development

Lawrence Kohlberg’s stages of moral development (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What a debt of gratitude we owe to those who volunteer to do dangerous things.  It is a huge step in moral development to do this and (I think) a step backwards for those who, not only don’t do it, but also don’t appreciate it when others do it.  First responders are an obvious example.  The military and especially special forces are another.  There are other people that people don’t think about who either live a reduced life style to do the work of helping others and/or perform their jobs in dangerous situations.

What is also astonishing is the amount of preparation some people need in order to do their jobs like these and also that some of these people never complete the training having been washed out after already exerting a great amount of effort.  They don’t even get a chance to be in the limelight ( if there is any ) that others who do not fail are able to share when they graduate.

Some of these jobs unfortunately don’t have prestige associated with them and those that perform these jobs are sometimes even shunned.  These jobs usually involve thankless tasks that no one else will do, but have to be done.  Can you think of any?

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Is Gratitude Your Attitude?

Road Rage*

Road Rage* (Photo credit: PDXdj)

Focus on the good things.  Look around you and see what you can see that makes you happy.  Your attitude effects others:  not only in the way they see you but also how they feel around you.  I am always saying, “thank you.”  Why should I ruin someone else’s day?  This is not to say that I don’t feel down at times or that I don’t let “things” get me down.  When talking about other people, I point out their good points when other people are focusing on their bad points.   Surprisingly enough, people’s view of me has changed and I have been told at times how nice I am.  This is not to brag but it can show how others’ perceptions of you change when you change.

Focus on what you have rather rather than on what you don’t have.  Usually there is at least some small thing you are grateful for.  There is beauty in simple things.  I happen to live out in the open spaces and frequently see lovely white clouds in a heavenly blue sky.  When I am driving (and I have to go a ways to get anywhere out here), I try to make the drive as pleasant as possible.  Other people can make mistakes either walking or driving down the road.  Do I need to make it worse? with road rage?  I am happy with an accident free drive and once I get where I am going I no longer focus on what could have happened if I or others had not been paying attention.

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