Praising the Praiseworthy, or the Power of Random Act of Kindness

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Apr 29, 2014

Do you make it a habit to notice what others around you do?

Do you see the random acts of kindness performed by others? If so, do you praise them for it?

Take a moment to start your week with this inspiring video from Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project.

How a kind act can spread to others

In the video, Gretchen tells the story of her “nicest, kindest, most thoughtful person in the world” friend who went out of her way to be courteous and helpful to others in a situation not designed for goodwill – delayed flights.

The point of Gretchen’s story isn’t the kindness shown by her friend to others, but the acknowledgment of a complete stranger of her friend for demonstrating that kindness in the first place.

Yes, goodwill IS catching

What Gretchen describes is a continuous circle of positivity. Goodwill is catching. Sharing our appreciation for others when they go out of their way makes us all better and happier about the world we live and work in every day.

As I move into a week guaranteed to be busier than ever, I am making a commitment to intentionally notice those around me – in the office, on the street, at home – and appreciate them for who they are and what they do to bring a little happiness to others.

Will you join me?

You can find more from Derek Irvine on his Recognize This! blog.

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