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Acts of kindness bring joy to others

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Now is as good a time as any to consider sharing a little bit of kindness with those around us. It does not have to be anything big. As a matter of fact, sometimes the smaller acts of kindness mean so much more. This is especially true when the kindness is unplanned--just a spur of the moment action. Holding the door open for someone, clearing the snow off of a co-worker's vehicle, scraping the windows, or helping to carry things to the car can be of tremendous help to someone. Some other ideas are to shovel the driveway for a neighbor who works long hours, bake some cookies for the neighbor's children, prepare a meal for a single mom, or any number of other things.

For those who want to help others through the use of money, paying for the next person in line's groceries, meal, coffee, or gas, has become popular. Or, if someone is scrambling to find the last bit of change, or one more dollar bill, to pay for their items, supplying the needed money can be of great service. Money can also be gifted to others to help in times of need. If there is nothing material that can be shared, a smile, a hello, or letting someone go ahead in line; all simple actions that can make a difference in someone's day.

It makes no difference what religious background one comes from, as kindness is a part of the majority of religious traditions. Kindness is a main key of many religions. It is pretty well universal. Kindness is a major element in the Hindu religion, Jainism, and Buddhism.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 says, "See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good (both) for each other and for all," (The New American Bible, 1987, Wichita, KS: Devore & Sons, Inc.).

Kindness can be shared in so many ways. It's easy to find new ways to be kind to others.

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