Dec 27, 2011 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

During this time of year, it is not uncommon to hear of kind acts shown towards our fellow man. You probably saw an “Angel Tree” in several businesses, as well as in most churches. Picking an angel off a tree and knowing that you would be able to fulfill the wishes of a little child always makes this season more worthwhile.

Such acts need not be limited to just this time of year. Shoveling a neighbor’s sidewalk or buying a drink for the person in front of you at a fast food place, is a random act that would take little effort on our part.

These good deeds might not seem like much, but if everyone did something good for someone else, then this cycle of generosity would spark us to become better people.

Take a closer look at the people in your life and notice what makes them smile – as well as what makes them sad. Notice when they might be in need of some extra encouragement. Often, something as simple as a kind word or smile could be just what they need to get through the day.

If you are aware that someone you know loves chocolate or that they are a fan of a particular author, take them a box of candy or that best seller you know they would enjoy! This unexpected gesture lets them know that you have noticed even a small detail of their life.

There are gifts that hold more power and impact than random good deeds. These tell someone that you know them and communicate that you are also aware their needs. They also demonstrate that you have made a sacrifice on their behalf.

I believe part of being a blessing to others is by being alert to opportunities that are presented. If an affirming thought comes into your mind, say it. If you wonder if someone is in need, offer to help. If you find yourself thinking of a person, go a step further and act.

A little act of kindness goes a long way. I cannot name the many times I have been spurred on at just the right moment by someone’s exacting kindness – and not just for me, but for my family.

One night last week, Shondell and I loaded the kids in the van, went to the store and got some hot chocolate and pies. We then picked some random homes and had the kids run up to the doors and give them out.

Our reward was not just seeing the smiles from those that received these small tokens, but the smiles on the faces of our children, who had such a great feeling for bringing some happiness into the lives of others.

A seemingly insignificant kindness may have far-reaching effects. Each day holds possibilities if we just pay attention.

“Kindness is no virtue, but a common duty”