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Always be a little kinder than necessary. – J.M. Barrie

woman-cryingI admire many qualities in people, but the greatest quality I’ve witnessed is kindness.

Anyone can be kind, it costs you nothing or very little, and often comes back to you in surprising ways.

When the woman in front of you is short a few cents at the check out, give her your change. Charity is love in action.

When you finally get your coffee after waiting in line forever at the ‘Drive Through,’  pay for the guy behind you too. Generosity is contagious.

When you see a homeless man passed out on the street, make sure he’s ok, call an ambulance if need be and wait with him there. He won’t feel so alone.

When the cashier seems rude, flash her a smile and say thank you when she give you your change. Smiles are gifts.

When a student drops all his books as crowds rush by and further scatter them, help him retrieve them. He’s not alone.

When a woman sits slumped over on the curb and is crying, ask her if there is anything you can do to help. Compassion heals.