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Intentional Acts of Kindness

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on June 7, 2013


I was recently reminded about the big impact a small gesture can have on others. Often we take for granted the way our actions and words affect other people, particularly if you are in a position to be influential in an outcome for them. This is true for work, for home and with our friends. These are not the random acts of kindness that I ALWAYS encourage. These are intentional opportunities to do something good for someone you know.

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If someone asks you to make a phone call for them, and you can do it and you have no concerns about the person who has asked this of you, then why not do it? What if they ask you to send an email or write a letter? Sometimes it is as simple as remembering an important event in their life. Yes, some of us cheat with that one. With Facebook, Google calendar and all other kinds of constant reminders that someone has a birthday, anniversary, or other event in their life, it is difficult to miss an opportunity to say or do something thoughtful.

These small actions have an impact on how people feel about you, how they perceive you and how they will respond to you when you make a request of them. I am not suggesting you do it because you will get something out of it. I am suggesting that if you open yourself up to being good to others that you are then putting positive energy out to the world. If you believe in karma, this is a good thing.

One other important note, your actions should come from a genuine place or that will also show through. So why not take time to do something good today? Need a suggestion? I have a friend who often shows up for coffee or a lunch date with me with a small gift (thanks JM), something that told me she thought about me before coming to hang out. It is random and it is nice. Another suggestion is to keep a box of greeting cards/note cards handy and forever stamps. Send snail mail notes of hello, congratulations, birthday etc. This is something we don’t do nearly enough. How many of us smile when we get a card in the mail?

Anyway, I don’t have the answer, but I always have thoughts. Won’t you share yours?

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