You know that feeling you get when you find a twenty dollar bill on the ground in front of you? That’s a pretty great feeling. You know that feeling you get when you take the time to ask around and discover that it actually belongs to the elderly woman in front of you who didn’t notice it fall out of her pocket? Let’s face it; that’s an even better feeling. When you see her face light up and hear her words of thanks, you know you made the right move. In our hectic day-to-day world, little kindnesses matter. They matter a great deal. Grand gestures of charity and kindness are wonderful too, of course, but it doesn’t take buckets of money or hours of community service to be generous and brighten someone’s day. Just taking a moment to offer a little help, a kind word or a sweet but unexpected gesture can make all the difference to a stranger or a friend. Little kindnesses make the world go round.
Barbara and her sister had fabulous success with their first invention. Now they run a website where they offer free advice and resources to new inventors. Every time they respond to a letter or inquiry from a reader, they ask that the reader pay it forward by performing a random act of kindness. They have had promises from people all over the world to continue their kindness chain.
After many years of buying food and gifts for single mothers in need at Christmas, Esther received her own small kindness from a stranger. When she was going through chemo, a woman bought her and her husband some groceries, saying that she wanted to do it because she had just lost her own mother to breast cancer. Esther says it was the best day ever, being on the receiving end of a random act of kindness.
Perhaps it’s a little cliche, but one of my favourite ways to brighten someone’s day is to bake for them. Cookies are always a good option because they are often quick to make, they’re portable and they always make someone smile. These Maple Cream Sandwich Cookies are my low carb, gluten-free version of a childhood favourite.
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