September 19th, 2013 by Sit up a Tree

Anne Frank said something which stays with me and is a big inspiration for me. She said:

“No-one was ever made poor by giving.”

Logically, that isn’t true. If you give away all your money and things, you will find yourself financially poor, but it is a phrase which shows the generosity and desire to help which you see a lot in the world.

givingToday charities are breaking records every year, independent film and television projects are receiving funding from people generous enough to give what they can to their venture and it just goes to show how, while times are hard for many of us, generosity is still a very important part of our lives.

I do not have much money and I do not earn much, but I still make a point to give to charities, because I know that other people and causes need help more than I need the extra £5 it takes to support them. I do not get anything of financial worth from it, but it is a part of my life I feel is important.

While there are many people out there who give to charities, even ones dedicated to helping fellow humans in need, why are so many people so uncharitable to those we see in our day-to-day lives?
We may give £3 a month to a charity, but not offer the kindness of a smile to someone we see in the street? That makes no sense to me.
Kindness is free, but we would rather give money and feel like good people for that? That seems a little backwards to me.

So many people, especially those in the service industries such as stores and restaurants, are surprised when I actually look at them and communicate with them as human beings, which is just something I make an effort to do. It isn’t anything special to me, but people are very thrown off by it. This goes to show that far too few people put in that effort and just treat others like robots.

Kindness and friendliness is a habit, it takes work to develop it and it’s very rare to always be happy and friendly all of the time. But life is better for being friendly and kind.

So, I challenge you to go out into the world and make a consistent effort to smile, to thank someone when they hold a door for you and to look into people’s eyes. Talk to the person scanning your groceries at the supermarket who looks like they’re having a rough day, and maybe you’ll make their day a little better. Notice the waiter who takes your plate rather than leaning around him to continue talking. Make the effort to acknowledge the people in your life who are, whether mistakenly or deliberately, too often neglected.

Show kindness to those you encounter and not only does it make them feel good, but you feel good too!

If you have a story of brightening someone’s day that you would like to share, please share with us here and have a great day!

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