Kindness: One of the Best Gifts We Can Give

If the past year has taught us anything, it has revealed to us what is important in our lives.

Perhaps some things which we hold dear became obscured – if even for a moment – in recent times.

We have all faced many challenges, but there is plenty of hope and reasons for optimism.

That is why now, more than ever, we should take the initiative to simply be kind to others – our families, friends, neighbors, and strangers. Doing so will help enrich the lives of those around us, and ourselves, too, in many ways.

For Janice Smallwood, co-owner of Norberg Memorial Home, Inc. & Monuments in Princeton, kindness is at the very foundation of their business. “You never know what someone else is going through,” she said.

Here are some helpful ideas to consider.

Treat others respectfully

Everyone has their own path with their own challenges. It is important to treat others with the same understanding and respect that we’d want for ourselves. The positive impact that respect can have in our community is limitless.

Be understanding of others

We are all different – personally, emotionally, and spiritually. It is important to empathize and understand that all of us have our own needs and interests. Respecting and understanding others’ situations and helping one another will directly contribute to building positive, uplifting communities.

Show patience

Patience is every bit a power as much as a virtue, and we all have the ability in us to show it. When we are patient with our friends, families, and neighbors it only makes our relationships stronger.

Exhibit kindness

The simplest acts of kindness are more impactful than we may realize. Even the smallest gestures like saying hello and asking how someone is, holding a door for a stranger, or calling a friend are great ways to brighten someone’s day. Politeness and civility, even at the most basic levels, go a long way toward establishing wonderful relations and a sense of togetherness.

“Kindness is a gift everyone can afford and has the best return of any investment” Janice said.

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Norberg Memorial Home, Inc. & Monuments

701 E. Thompson St

Princeton, IL 61356