How About a Side of Kindness With That Turkey?

Those of you who follow my blog know one of my favorite subjects is kindness. I write romance because it speaks to our hopeful and positive side. The majority of us love and want to be loved in return. Romance novels are all about the wondrous journey of finding that special person who can share and enrich our lives.

In this hectic, crazy world, it seems with all of our “connectivity,” we are further apart than we have ever been. After this hateful election, tensions are running high, and our differences seem more prominent. Today is Thanksgiving, the day we try to gather with our loved ones and appreciate one another and the good things in our lives.

I would hope that today also reminds us to appreciate one another and give thanks for the diversity of ideas and cultures in every corner of the earth, including our own country. Wouldn’t it be a boring world if we were all alike? What would be the point of travelling to new places or meeting new people?

Many of us would discipline our children for the same behavior being carried out by adults this last political season. Can’t we be civil to one another again? Can’t we agree to disagree?
There is one mother who has started a politically neutral campaign. Make American KIND Again. I’m in.

I am reminding myself this, as well as throwing it out there for others to consider. Try and do at least one random act of kindness every day. It can be small, like letting someone out in traffic, or reaching for on a shelf for someone who cannot reach it. Or it can be something extravagant. It makes no difference. Do something for someone else.

So many studies have shown that performing acts of kindness not only benefit the recipient, but also the giver. Even witnessing acts of kindness has a beneficial effect for the observer (healthier, happier, less prone to illness, reduce stress, etc. etc. etc.). Uh, let me think. Do I want to get onboard with that?

I’m in. I ordered one of the signs this mother has designed. (Etsy has them). I really and truly believe that the secret to making America great (or greater), is making her kinder again to all of it citizens. Make her kinder and she cannot fail to be great.

So, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you all a happy and kind Thanksgiving.

Check out the links below for the MAKE AMERICA KIND AGAIN campaign, and links related to the effects of acts of kindness.

http://www.ajc.com/news/national/woman-designs-signs-asking-people-make-america-kind-again/0XozkybWPfAbvxQmy0qHUP/

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/5-side-effects-of-kindness-on-health-2015/

https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-research

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/09/14/small-acts-of-kindness-can-have-big-effects/