Today is World Kindness Day, a “global 24 hour celebration dedicated to paying-it-forward and focusing on the good.”  I hope that all of you will participate!

The website provides several ideas to engage in this celebration, including sharing a kindness quote.  I’ll start my day off by sharing one with you from a calendar hand-made by one of my favorite people:  “There is always something to be thankful for.”  

As you go through today, make a conscious effort to recognize what you have to be thankful for and only focus on the positives.  For each lapse into the negative, vow to make amends by doing something that will brighten someone else’s day.  

I’ll bet that many people find that being kind to others is easier than to be kind to themselves.  If a negative thought crosses your brain about how you look, act, feel, etc. you need to counteract that with a positive gesture or affirmation to yourself as well.  Only allow good thoughts in your brain for 24 hours.

If you’re reading this, you are literate, have access to technology and the skills to use it and are interested in self-improvement — three legs up on much of the world’s population already.  Pay all that richness forward and be kind to others and yourself today.

— beth triplett


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