I am thankful... for simple acts of kindness

Did you ever go shopping and get a survey request with your receipt? Most people don't take the time to give their input unless it's especially positive or negative. Well, I had one of those especially positive experiences yesterday. I was shopping for some kitchenware and was so impressed and thankful with the help I received from one of the employees. He went over and above to be helpful and even gave me some good tips. Did you know that you can take off those stickers glued on your purchases that won't peel off by simply using a blow dryer. I never knew this. I thought goo gone was my most viable option. Anyways, this employee gave me that tip and it worked. When I peeled the stickers off so effortlessly, I couldn't help but think of Ivan. I was thankful for people like him. Then I thought about how the simplest little things can leave an impression on us and improve our lives in some way. I also thought about Ivan's kindness and warmth that was not only evident in his service, but also in his loving and joyful personality.

Simple acts of kindness keep people in our hearts and memories. It's almost like they keep us connected to them in a loving and positive way. Did you ever come across someone whom you have long forgotten and they tell you they still remember the words you said to them long ago that really helped them, or the gift you gave that they really appreciated, or what you did for them that was so helpful? I don't think we even know how much we touch other people's lives and bless them. Simply being kind, helpful, loving, encouraging, and thankful has lasting impact! I am so thankful for beautiful people that come across my path. I am thankful that I can be the recipient of other people's kindness and love. I am thankful that every day I have the opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation to others and bless their day. I am thankful that I can make a difference by the smallest acts of kindness. I am thankful that kindness and love bring us together and fill us with lasting gratitude and appreciation.

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~William Arthur Ward

Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted–a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. ~ Rabbi Harold Kushner

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ~Albert Schweitzer

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. ~Albert Einstein

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Author's Bio: 

Krystal Kuehn, MA, LPC, LLP, NCC is a psychotherapist, author, teacher & musician. She is the cofounder of New Day Counseling, a family couples counseling, children therapy and teen counseling center, BeHappy4Life.com, an award-winning, self-help and inspirational site where you can find hundreds of free resources, insights & words of inspiration to change your life, and Baby-Poems.com where you can find beautiful baby poems, baby quotes, cute sayings & baby videos that will touch your heart & increase your joy & gratitude for the children you love & enjoy!