Thursday, December 10, 2015

Second Day of Blogmas: Acts of Kindness

On the second day of Blogmas, The Coastie Couple shared two acts of kindness...


Today, we're going to be sharing two acts of kindness with you. The husband has duty so it's the wife here today sharing her thoughts. I have to say that these may seem a bit unconventional but I have discovered that kindness had different faces in different parts of the country.

The first act of kindness I would like to talk about is the concept of "pay it forward." This can be as simple as leaving change in the soda machine for the person behind you or it could equal paying for someone else's meal while you're out to eat. The thought behind "pay it forward" is that if everyone does a small act, then the world will be a happier place. We once experienced a pay it forward situation when we were leaving Sacramento. Someone payed for our exit from the parking garage in advance. It was a nice feeling to know that a complete stranger had done something nice for us. I try my best to do small acts here and there that might brighten a stranger's day - including things as simple as leaving a little extra change behind.

The next act of kindness I want to talk about is a simple one that I took for granted when I lived in the south. In the south, we called this act of kindness manners. It's the concept of saying "thank you" and "have a nice day" even to service industry workers. I never realized that politeness was a truly southern thing until I moved away from the south. Now, I'm not saying that no one here has manners. I'm simply saying that I encounter it a lot less here. It still amazes me that a simple "have a nice day" told to a waitress or cashier can make them smile. It amazes me that this isn't a more normal part of their day.

With that being said and explained, I want to encourage you to make a small change in your daily routine. I want to challenge you to tell everyone you meet to have a nice day - at least for a day or two. Then, I want you to reflect on how those people reacted. Were they surprised? Were they happy? Did they wish you a happy day in return? Moving across the country has taught me that small acts of kindness do matter and shouldn't be overlooked in our busy schedules.

What nice thing have you done lately? It doesn't matter how big or small - I want to hear them all!



11 comments:

  1. Love these two!!! I talked about paying it forward in my post today, as well :)

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    1. I saw that! I'm so glad you were able to do something kind for someone else. :)

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  2. I love these. I had someone pay for my meal at Burger King one time, it was a sweet treat.

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    1. It's always a nice surprise and an easy way to lift someone's spirits.

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  3. I love PIF - this happens often to me in the Starbucks drive thru. Love it - and I'm sure to pay it forward to the next person. :)

    ITA about simply being kind. It makes such a difference.

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    1. I love that more and more people are paying it forward these days. It reminds me that people do still think of others!

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  4. Your comment about manners made me chuckle. Several years ago I said "please" at the end of my fast food order and thoroughly confused the person working the drive-thru; they couldn't figure out what I was trying to order since they didn't have peas on their menu!

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    1. Love it! I didn't realize it wasn't a common thing until I moved out here. I grew up in an area where manners were expected even from kids.

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  5. It's so sad that using your manners is a random act of kindness. It should just be normal!

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    1. I agree! It was very normal in the south where I grew up. I've found it's much less normal here in California. Maybe it's a regional thing...

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  6. I LOVE the "pay it forward." We've gotten stuck in a "pay it backward" line at Dutch Bros a couple times. I LOVE it when it happens! It just makes your day! Oh and about the manners, yeah, I think it's a regional thing, but also a generational thing. I'm trying to instill good manners in my kids. It can be hard when they are around others who don't have good manners, but we're trying.

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