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.