Always take time to give people a friendly greeting. Even if I feel I am behind in my day, I take an extra moment to connect, in the moment. I ask other parents how they are, and I LISTEN to them. We can get so busy in our daily lives that we forget what it's all about, connections. In slowing down and remembering that connecting is important, this helps me feel happier. This extra moment helps give me the opportunity to spot where the other person is at in their day, and if THEY need a little extra care. I can offer them an act of kindness in hearing them.
Sometimes it's just that extra second looking into the other person's eyes so that they can feel seen. It's all that it takes for a tear to roll out. Even if you don't know what to say, the best help is just having them realize that you noticed them. We all have days that are harder than others. Caught up in our busy day, we can forget that others have difficult days too.
I have one friend, who is a parent, who always seems to be having a bad life. When I see her, I just use my eyes to show my care. I don't engage in negative conversations with her, as this can quickly pull down my mood. I'll give her a quick kiss on the cheek or touch on her arm. I don't have to stay and listen to her complaining, which she seems to enjoy. I can show her kindness through my touch and care, while at the same time showing myself kindness, not having to endure the negative conversation.
It only takes one minute to change the outcome of another person's day, so choose kindness.
"Today my kindness is giving someone an extra moment of connection, even if it's only briefly. Some days that's all they need."