People do notice.


I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.
~Jonathan Carroll

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7 Comments

  1. I agree – it takes a better person to be kind to others even if others don’t seem to appreciate it. Paying it forward is a better tactic than to be unconscious while you’re moving through your day. I would rather feel better about myself at day’s end than to think…”what have I done today that’s made me feel good ?”

  2. Yes, this is very true. Good gestures to (for) others do give us such a beautiful feeling. What is better than this when we do anything for others?

  3. The greatest gift we can give ourselves is to serve others not only because we learn to love those we serve but we in turn without meaning to learn to love ourselves. Love is the greatest facilitator that there is, there are so many hidden treasures in love things happen that we could only dream of and the possibilities are endless……

  4. I deal with chronic pain, day-in and day-out. I have found, especially recently, that when I do these types of small gestures, even the bad days becomes much better and my mood lightens.

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