1 handshake changed my son’s life

I think we’ve all seen firsthand how incredibly unique we all are as people: personalities, interests & even our social skills.  I’m a pretty outgoing person, but my youngest son is very shy and gets uncomfortable around groups of people.  I saw him struggling with how to talk to people and interact with strangers.

I started a project with him to help him overcome his struggles.  I asked him to start by saying one kind comment to a stranger every time we went out that looked like they could use a smile.

His first day on the job, we were at the grocery store.  The man bagging our groceries was handicap.  My 7 year old looked at him and said, “Hi.  I just wanted to tell you that you’re doing a great job.  Thank you.”  He shook the gentlemen’s hand while saying thank you.  The man smiled at him and said, “I really appreciate you saying that.  I’ve had a really bad day, and I feel happier now.  Thank you”.

My son was beaming from ear to ear to see that his kind words made someone smile who really deserved a smile that day.

Since that day, he gets so excited to search for the person he thinks needs a smile to give them a word of kindness.  Not only does he feel more comfortable around strangers, but he feels like a million bucks when he sees someone positively affected by his words.

No matter your age, a small act of kindness can change your life and others.

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