Spread a little kindness

Over the last couple of months I’ve experienced a great number of gestures of kindness both small and large from people close to me and people I barely know.  People who have done things to either make my life easier or to make me smile just out of the goodness of their hearts.  These acts of kindness and generosity have eased stresses and strains in my life, made my pregnancy more comfortable or helped me to prepare for the imminent birth of baby Beak and I can’t thank the people involved enough – they all know who they are and I am eternally grateful.

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This got me thinking about the idea of “Pay it Forward” – if you’ve not heard of this phrase before the idea is basically that if someone does you a good deed you pass it on and do something nice for someone else.  I love the idea of spreading a little kindness – people doing lovely things for me has made me want to do lovely things for other people . . . which I suppose in turn, I would hope, would make them want to do something nice for more people and on it would go.  Couldn’t we all do with a little gesture to make our lives easier these days?

Tell me what have other people done to make you smile recently?  Have you “paid it forward?”

26 Comments

  1. Monkey Footed Mummy
    October 9, 2013 / 11:21 am

    I'm a firm believer in paying it forward, just recently i was in the midst of sickness a friend turned up with home made soup, flowers and made us lunch then cleaned up… Nothing could have made me feel more loved xx

    • October 9, 2013 / 12:02 pm

      It doesn't take much does it? The smallest of gestures can mean SO much x

  2. October 9, 2013 / 11:13 am

    What a lovely way to help people. Someone helped me do something I needed help with recently so I passed on the help and collected a friends child from school for them.

  3. Emmysmummy
    October 9, 2013 / 12:32 pm

    I love Paying it Forward – I try to help others as often as I can, whether by words and gestures or giving things to others. Most recently I gave my best friend a brand new steam generator iron because I had two and I actually hate ironing.
    Great post.

  4. October 11, 2013 / 7:44 am

    What a lovely post. I love the concept of paying it forward and will always take the chance to help others if I can, even the little things when I see that I have made someone's day it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside! Which is handy now as it gets colder! 😉

    • October 11, 2013 / 8:09 pm

      Well I know you deserve several large warm fuzzy feelings from my direction lol x

  5. Heather @ Bury Family Life
    October 11, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    I love the idea behind pay-it-forward. It's what always makes me stop to let people cross the road or let cars out etc. It's the little things that make someone elses day that little bit easier.

    • October 11, 2013 / 8:08 pm

      Exactly! I'm trying hard to do it as much as possible at the moment.

  6. October 11, 2013 / 1:28 pm

    I always try and help people when I can, had one of my friends children over to sleep the other week when my friend went into labour 🙂 x

  7. October 11, 2013 / 1:57 pm

    What a lovely concept. Always nice to give a little something back when you can, no matter how small

  8. katefever
    October 11, 2013 / 7:16 pm

    I love this idea, and I try to do my bit – like you say it really doesn't take much! I remember someone coming round a few days after I had Max and doing my washing for me and making me toast. I have never been so grateful for anything in my life lol.

    • October 11, 2013 / 8:07 pm

      You most certainly do your bit, I have no doubts about that x

  9. October 11, 2013 / 7:32 pm

    Oh.. nice post! I'm trying to think of the last nice thing I did for someone I don't know and I'm drawing a blank! Clearly something I can work on 😉

  10. October 11, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    Someone once paid for our meal in little chef so I try to do little deeds!

    • October 11, 2013 / 8:06 pm

      Gosh how lovely! I'd love to be able todo somdthsomething like that!

  11. October 11, 2013 / 8:45 pm

    I love the idea of paying it forward. I always give toys to charity or to the school for the school fayre. And I know it's not a great big deal, but to me it's a good deed. I find that especially in tough economic times people can get a little selfish and into themselves, probably for good reason. But if we open our eyes and just do one little thing, it can mean the world to someone. A lady dropped her walking stick in the shop the other day, and my eldest, Emily picked it up for her and the lady couldn't thank her enough. It not only made the lady feel better, but Emily looked so proud when she did it. I made sure that I told her what a lovely gesture that was 🙂

  12. October 12, 2013 / 6:16 pm

    I love to pay people compliments – it really makes their day!

    • October 13, 2013 / 9:48 am

      I often find myself doing that in shop changing rooms – being a right nosy parker and telling someone I think they look fab in what they are trying on 🙂 x

  13. October 12, 2013 / 6:43 pm

    Lovely to hear so many acts of kindness 🙂

  14. October 12, 2013 / 7:59 pm

    I'm a great believer in paying it forward. I want my kids to grow up seeing acts of kindness!

  15. Alison
    October 13, 2013 / 8:30 pm

    I totally agree with "paying it forward." I believe if you do this then what you do will come back to you in the future 🙂

  16. October 13, 2013 / 9:08 pm

    I love this idea, although if you've ever read the book "The Selfish Gene" it's facinating to see the science behind the behaviour. My husband has started making me coffee each morning lately which makes me smile.

    • October 14, 2013 / 10:28 am

      I'll have to add this book to my list of reads! x

  17. October 14, 2013 / 8:51 am

    I love this idea, always find that the more you give the more you get back! All good karma, 🙂

  18. October 24, 2013 / 1:00 am

    Modern day karma, I like it.

  19. November 3, 2013 / 9:39 am

    Good idea. I donate clothes & toys to charity – nice to know someone might get some pleasure out of your old stuff.

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