Your kindness can change someone’s whole day and your own.


“During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz.  I breezed through the questions until I read the last one:  “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”  Surely this was a joke.  I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name?  I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.  Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade.  “Absolutely,” the professor said.  “In your careers, you will meet many people.  All are significant.  They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.”  I’ve never forgotten that lesson.  I also learned her name was Dorothy.”  ~Joann C. Jones

Actually, only let it be random in the sense that the occasion may strike you and you act on impulse. Other than that, just practice kindness.

Having been the beneficiary of so much kindness lately, which I will be writing about for tomorrow, today, I found this lovely story which I wanted to share.  Kindness can be as simple as a smile or a compliment to a friend or stranger.  Boosting someone up to tell them what you think they are good at, can spark something in a person that can literally change their course, or in that moment give them warmth of knowing someone thinks they are special.  Today, if you think of doing something nice for someone, go ahead and do it…don’t overthink it, just do it.

By giving kindness to someone, anyone, you can surely help make it their new favorite day and there is a very good chance it will make it your new favorite day as well.

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About Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday'

Welcome to 'mynewfavoriteday. This space is about gratitude and connecting through being open, vulnerable and real. I hope you will enjoy my take on motivation, inspiration and advocacy and will take the opportunity to tell me of your own thoughts and stories. Why I started 'mynewfavoriteday.' I am a childhood surviving, divorced, now happily married, IVF (and now natural pregnancy) success story, working mother of 2 amazing babies who were born 12 weeks premature. As life often seems to surprise you when you least expect it, we added another sweet baby girl M to our family in July of 2013. While our angel minis, Q and E are now 7 years old, our son, Q, has thrived while our daughter, E, has had a much more difficult journey. She is considered special needs and in September of 2012 was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. And so, as she has grown, so do we as individuals and as family. How to help her, how to celebrate our differences while allowing ourselves to cope with the challenges that we never knew to expect. Thus, while much of this blog is based on our experiences (good and not-so-good), it is also based on how we must not let ourselves become victims of our circumstances but rather advocate in our own lives. A little bit about me and who I am. In my professional life I am a marketer in the Entertainment Industry; however, ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ was not born of entertainment or marketing but rather as a pathway to help myself and others as we try to define who we are as parents, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues and people. I believe in never judging a book by its cover. Every cover is different, and no matter what your cover looks like, you never know how someone's book is written. Like mine. From the outside, you might never know what truly makes me who I am or what I believe. This blog explores the pages on the inside of my book. My vulnerabilities, fears, happiness, and all my triggers through the lens of being grateful for all the amazing blessings I know I have received but sometimes forget in the challenges of daily life. Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you will come back, subscribe, comment, share, and/or just hang out and be inspired or motivated to make each day for yourself or someone else 'anewfavoriteday.' By being here, you have certainly helped to make it mine. xo, Shannon

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6 Comments on “Your kindness can change someone’s whole day and your own.”

  1. Deborah the Closet Monster Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s so true, all of it, and something it’s good to be reminded of often. 🙂

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  2. Just Me Says:

    I am so glad that you are writing on this topic. My family is going through some tough things right now (job loss, health issues both new and old) and there are some days that doing something kind, however small, for someone else is the only thing that makes ME feel better! Since I can’t control what might come my way it feels good that I can control what I put out there for others. Can’t wait to read your thoughts.

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    • mynewfavoriteday Says:

      Hi there, I am so sorry to hear you are going through some struggles. It’s so amazing that you can channel yourself out of what these difficult and what can be very emotional situations. Keep doing what you are doing as it sounds like it makes you feel a bit better which it sounds like you need all those moments to help keep you up and focused on the good things, which is far from easy sometimes. In the meantime, positive thoughts and hugs for you and your family.

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    • mynewfavoriteday Says:

      Hi there, I am so sorry to hear you are going through some struggles. It’s so amazing that you can channel yourself out of what these difficult and what can be very emotional situations. Keep doing what you are doing as it sounds like it makes you feel a bit better which it sounds like you need all those moments to help keep you up and focused on the good things, which is far from easy sometimes. In the meantime, positive thoughts and hugs for you and your family.

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  3. Faith Says:

    Someone told me once that I should give people a smile, especially those who look grumpy. It could be the only one they receive today. I’ve found it to be true in my job as a sales clerk in the Postal Service. People who come in grumpy often leave with a smile of their own.

    Someone else told me that a smile is one of the few things you can give away that costs you nothing but brings great rewards. Sort of a 2 for 1 sale. :o)

    Keep smiling!
    Faith

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