Kindness is Contagious: Pay it Forward

Come on, admit it! It is fun to be kind. Happiness just blossoms organically when we are. Think about it. When was the last time you gave up your seat on the bus or stuck a buck in a street musician’s hat just… because? Maybe you donated to a charity or just told someone important to you how much you appreciate them? Perhaps you took it a step further and gave them a small token of your appreciation. Think about how they felt – and also how you felt later.

Sometimes, and without thought, we just… do. And once we do, we feel something special. A little bit of awesomeness.

Love and Support Box

In the words of Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

Pretty awesome, right?

This week has brought so many smiles to my face, I just had to share, acknowledge and spread the goodness. Kind words from friends & family, roses for no reason from my wonderful boyfriend Andrew, and most recently, a care package from a friend.

This kindness stuff is contagious.

Today’s random act inspired me to write this blog when I received a surprise from my friend Kris Rupp. Inside, was a sweet note along with Care Cards. It was so thoughtful and so unexpected. Isn’t that the best kind of kindness? Even better, Care Cards are more than just positive affirmations on note cards. For each pack that’s purchased, a personal note will be written and sent to a child in foster care. It was paying forward before I even knew it existed. Now that’s a whole lot of kindness right there.

To be honest, I love sending out notes. I still hand write “thank yous”, happily buy stamps. and lick envelopes. I have to thank my mom for that one. Even my bills don’t get that kind of attention! After all… this is about giving back. When’s the last time Con Ed sent me hugs and kisses? Besides, if you’ve ever seen my work wall above my desk, it’s covered with positive sayings and quotes that are there any time I need a shock of good energy. Gotta give kudos to Kris. She pegged me well on this one.

So, here I sit with a packet of care cards, 2 dozen roses and so many people running through my kindness rolodex. I have work to do. In fact, the gift from Kris is a challenge. I promised to “Pay it Forward” and send something special to five people as soon as I can. Not sure what it will be. Not even sure when. I guess, like Kris, I’ll know when I see it. And when I do, I know it will be a gift for both sender and receiver.

Aesop said it best, “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”

Spread the love and light. Watch what happens. You’ll be glad you’re did.

Hilary

GIVEAWAY! I will send one person the Love & Support box (pictured above) if you share your own “Random Act of Kindness” story on my blog, my Twitter or my Facebook. Whether you are the giver or receiver, what acts made a difference in your life?

About Hilary Russo

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