Act of Kindness :: It’s The Little Things

I stumbled across an article called “The Greatest Thing on The Internet Today” – I’m a gullible clickbaiter so I clicked, of course. It was a story of an act of kindness. Nana Opal (immediately I was reeled in) texted her granddaughter on her birthday. Only she accidentally sent it to a stranger having got the number wrong.

Immediately my heart melted as it reminded me of my Dad who doesn’t save anyone’s numbers in his phone, but knows the last 4 digits of all our family’s numbers to memory. After the stranger replied letting her know she got the wrong number, she also told her that she wished her Nana was around to send her such a lovely birthday message. Lovely Nana Opal then offered to be her adopted Nana, to wish her happy birthday and check in on her. I was completely stunned and I think it’s probably the kindest and sweetest story I’ve read in a long time.

act of kindness - Mummy and Emma on the beach holding hands

when was the last time you saw a random act of kindness?

It got me thinking about the things you can do to brighten people’s days. A couple of weeks ago, Emma and I were with another mother as they played in a massive puddle. When I say massive, it’s not word of a lie and in Emma’s words when we arrived home and we told Daddy about it, “big puddle…TOO big”. When we were puddle jumping, this lady’s little boy kept trying to push Emma and his mum was mortified. She didn’t even look at me, until I turned to her and smiled. I told her it’s an age thing and not to worry. Immediately she softened and we had a little chat about the children.

Just a little smile to let her know that it’s okay.

But truth be told, I’m not sure I’m a particularly kind person. I wish I could sit here and reel off a list of when I was the one giving a random act of kindness to make someone happier – but I haven’t at all. I have a short fuse and things bug me that really shouldn’t. I sometimes have to remind myself to be a little kinder to my long-suffering other half, who puts up with quite a lot. I could certainly be more considerate and thoughtful in our day to day life, and take the time to be a little kinder to the people around me.

I’ve read some wonderful things over the years of one beautiful act of kindness after another. I find that these moments are so rare nowadays that they seem to go viral instantly – something I also find quite sad at the same time. I particularly loved this article by The Stylist as it featured little stories that I hadn’t heard of before. From footballers opening up their hotel for homeless people to stay, to the woman who paid the parking ticket for a mother with a sick baby. Reading these stories made me feel all fuzzy and after the past month of such tragedy, it made me relieved that there is still some good in the world.

so here’s to the little things

The things that seem so mundane but make a difference. Here’s to putting the empty loo roll in the bin, tidying up the toys, telling each other that we see what the other is doing and we appreciate it. Here’s to surprise smiles, comfortable silence when the children are finally in bed and knowing that it was those little things that made all the difference.

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51 Comments

  1. June 22, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    Ah, lovely post, Bridie. My favourite type of post. It’s an antidote to all the other bad news stories and what we need to remind ourselves. Let’s pay it forward. Let’s look for opportunities to be kind. To start our day knowing that our special mission is kindness, random or otherwise. 🙂

    • June 22, 2017 / 1:47 pm

      Oh thank you so much for such a lovely comment. I’ve been feeling the same after the news stories…something needs to change. I’ve been glued to the news lately just feeling horrified with what is happening in the world. But can only hope kindness and love will win in the end xxx

      • June 22, 2017 / 1:54 pm

        I was explaining about the Grenfell tragedy to Emily and the needless loss of life because of the way the building had been cladded making it get out of control. I started to cry and she hugged me. Then I watched the charity single vid and cried again. But there is always faith, hope, love….the greatest is love x

        • June 22, 2017 / 2:00 pm

          I just can’t even look now after days of watching interview after interview. You know sometimes certain news stories hurt your heart a little more than others…Grenfell Tower is about 100m from my old work & I also used to live in a tower similar. My heart breaks thinking of how terrified those poor people were, just too unfair. xx

  2. June 22, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    Bridget, I’m reminded of … what’s the saying … Be the change you want to see. Now that you’ve noticed the rarity of these acts of kindness and become more aware of how much they can mean to people, I’m sure you’ll be letting your natural kindness come out more frequently. I’m very introverted, so sometimes I have to force myself to go ahead and say or do the kind thing that came to mind. Going over to that BritMums link now!

  3. June 22, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Lovely post Hun and I totally agree. When my nana died my brothers eulogy started, she lived her life full of small kindnesses and it made me cry. It was spot on she was an amazing woman! We definitely need more of that today. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime

  4. June 22, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Small acts of kindness can just make the world of difference to people. They don’t have to be big gestures, even something as simple as holding the door open for someone or doing an extra bit of work for someone in your team who is struggling with their work load. And everyone feels happier for it. Thank you for such an uplifting post.

    Aaaand CONGRATULATIONS on being a finalist! I don’t think I’ve said it yet! You’ve always been so encouraging of me and my blog and it’s lovely to see that your hard work is being recognised 🙂 #stayclassymama

  5. June 22, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Lovely post, and I can’t possibly believe you to be unkind! I chuckled over the notion! This post hit something in me, and I want to thank you for that lovely! <3 #coolmumclub xoxo

  6. June 22, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Such a feel good read – that nana story is beautiful! Imagine how lovely the world would be if we all had that kind of attitude.
    Thanks so much for linking to #coolmumclub – and I don’t believe for a minute that you aren’t a kind and generous person 😉

  7. June 22, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    I don’t think it’s so hard to be kind – give the person who’s mean spirited the benefit of the doubt, give away what you don’t want or need, if you can do something with little cost to you that makes a big difference to someone else, just do it – one of the things they suggest to people with depression is to help others (and it’s a happiness factor) so there’s a benefit to you too. #StayClassyMama

  8. June 23, 2017 / 10:34 am

    lovely read, I must admit i love small acts of kindness. We gave a family our car park ticket a day as we could not stay and they were thrilled. Lovely post and lets keep of those little acts #stayclassymama

  9. June 24, 2017 / 9:08 am

    Great post as usual Bridget.You seem like the kindest, gentlest person to me…I agree, just little acts of kindness are always noticed far more than the big showy ones. Sometimes my husband puts my toothpaste on my brush ready for me to get ready for bed and i just love it. It doesn’t take much to make this world a kinder place.xx
    #stayclassymama

  10. June 24, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Lovely post Bridget! Kindness is so important don’t you think? #ablogginggoodtime

  11. June 27, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    It’s lovely to read about the kind things that go on in the world. We should have a positive news too not just a negative one. #CoolMumClub

  12. June 28, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    That’s such a sweet story. I also believe that in random kindness and what a difference it makes to people’s lives. Thank you for linking with #StayClassyMama

  13. June 30, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    Aw love this post Bridge! I feel the same, I don’t do enough kind acts for people but even just a smile can go a long way so it’s worth doing! This has inspired me to do something small for the boyf tomorrow : ) Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama

  14. July 19, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    Showing kindness will allow a person to grow into a more kind person. It is always the right thing.

  15. August 29, 2017 / 10:30 am

    It is so very true that we dont express the things we like/love about each other enough, as we tend to focus on the negative sometimes. I think being kind is one of the most important traits any human can posess because if you are kind then alot of other lovely traits naturally fall into place too. Its also contagious as if you show kindness to others people respond with kindness back xx #DreamTeam

  16. August 29, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Popping back for #Dreamteam.
    I truly believe that kindness is the one thing we should be teaching our children. You are right that its the little things that are often the best. x

  17. August 29, 2017 / 11:26 am

    Wonderful post and a great example to set for our kids. #dramteam

  18. popcornforlunch
    August 29, 2017 / 11:55 am

    Beautiful and so very true. With you on being more considerate to the hubby, I need to work on that too, he has a lot to listen to!! My mantra in life is to be a nice human!!x #DreamTeam

  19. August 29, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    What a lovely post – we could all stand to be a little kinder to one another. Once I was waiting in a long airport queue and a staff member let me go ahead be because I was travelling with a small child and she could see how restless she was getting. It was a small thing, but I nearly cried because I was so grateful. #dreamteam

  20. August 29, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    Beautiful post. We can all practice small acts of kindness that don’t take away anything from us, but would help make the world a better place. Especially now that we are parents, as the little ones watch, learn and copy everything we do. #dreamteam

  21. August 29, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Random acts of kindness is so important and even better if we can teach our kids about this #DreamTeam

  22. August 29, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Inspiring. I really want to start doing random acts of kindness. Maybe this will spur me on. #dreamteam

  23. August 29, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Oh Bridget that’s such a heart warming story. It is sad that these occurrences are such a rarity that they become viral news, but then I think maybe it’s just a reassuring sign that we all still love to read about the beautiful gestures of life. The little things really do make a world of difference don’t they. Dx

  24. August 29, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    I love when you meet kindness but also when you can practice kindness and help other people. The world is made up of amazing people. Violence and anger is more shocking and easier to remember but actually more kindness happens everyday. It’s a bit like the naughty child that stands out and gets more attention. #DreamTeam

  25. Mom Of Two Little Girls
    August 29, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    Acts of kindness and paying it forward are the light in an otherwise dark world. Great post.
    #dreamteam

  26. August 29, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    Such a lovely story. Kindness goes a long way doesn’t it. I’m trying the random smiles at strangers thing. #dreamteam

  27. August 29, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    You just never know when your moment of love will be the tipping point for someone towards the light.

    Better safe than sorry!

    #dreamteam

  28. August 29, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    I try to teach my boys that even something as small holding a door open and a smile can change a persons entire day..#dreamteam

  29. August 29, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Love this post, unfortunately we haven’t seen any random acts of kindness for a long time, but even just saying hello/good morning to a stranger walking down the street might perk someone up 🙂 #DreamTeam

  30. August 29, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    A friend of mine is brilliant at doing little things to brighten people’s day. I wrote a post back in April where I mentioned that one of my goals for the year was to have a date night once a month and by April we had only managed this once. A few days later I received a postcard in the mail from my friend with a two babysitting tokens so that we could get more date nights. How nice was that?! #dreamteam

  31. August 29, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    Hi, love this post it can often be the simple things like opening a door for a stranger that can go a long way #dreamteam

  32. August 30, 2017 / 12:38 am

    I’m such a big sucker for random acts of kindness. I’ve watched my daughter recently be conscious of others around her and if she’s able to do something helpful. I know this is small, but she likes to make sure to hold the door for others when we are out. I hadn’t taught her that, just something she watched me and her stepfather do. Missed your blog! #dreamteam

  33. August 30, 2017 / 11:18 am

    Such a lovely read. I totally agree that we should all try our best to be kind, if we start with the little things then we can go make a difference! #dreamteam

  34. August 30, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    What a lovely story. I love random acts of kindness, and really want to start doing them myself. #dreamteam

  35. August 30, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    This is gorgeous – you are very right #dreamteam

  36. August 30, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    #dreamteam yes to this! I absolutely agree, I was stunned yesterday when me and my bestie were walking down the pier in Eastbourne, a mothers pushchair fell backwards and she was struggling, in an instant I gave my things to my bestie to free my hand to help her….However, the lady had ‘recovered her vehicle’ by the time i had reached her…As we walked away my bestie said to me “look she’s with friends’ – sure enough 3 of her ACTUAL friends were sat nearby watching the poor woman! If we were all kinder to people the world wouldn’t have half the issues it does. lovely post. (sorry for the rant)

  37. August 30, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    Beautiful post. Random acts of kindness are my my favourite thing to do. I go out my way to help someone struggling or offer to hold a heavy bag. I’ve had a lot of strange looks and a lot of people tell me where to go. But I love it. No matter what, it makes my whole day and hopefully theirs too.

  38. August 30, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    I thanked a pub landlord while on holiday as we’d had an excellent meal and experience but he looked terrified when I approached him. We should all take time to be kind and appreciate the things around us #dreamteam

  39. August 31, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    Definitely this. The world would be such a better place if people were just a little nicer! #DreamTeam

  40. August 31, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    I’m making a concerted effort this year to be nicer. Not that I’m horrible, just nice for no reason. I couldn’t agree more that the world would be a much lovelier place if there were more of these random acts! #dreamteam

  41. September 1, 2017 / 8:12 am

    It’s usually the small things that make a big difference. It’s far easier just to get on with things but sometimes we need to just stop and offer a little kindness to someone, it’ll make their day x
    #dreamteam

  42. September 2, 2017 / 9:13 am

    I’m the same Bridget, I often feel like I could be kinder. But I’m sure we’re doing ok. The fact that we think about this probably shows that we do do our bit, but are just busy. A smile to a fellow mum always goes a long way anyway! #DreamTeam

  43. September 2, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    This is too sweet! I often find myself doing random kind things, helping mums with buggies, handing in lost property etc. I think at times if we all put a little good in, then we’re due to get it at some point when we need it most! #Dreamteam

  44. September 3, 2017 / 8:53 am

    Love to see and read about random acts of kindness. That granny sounds like a wonderful lady! I try always to be kind but it can be difficult, especially when people take your kindness the wrong way or are just rude. I think the world would be so much better if random acts of kindness weren’t actually that random at all xx #dreamteam

  45. September 4, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    Aw that’s a sweet story. I know what you mean I think I’m always dashing around it’s easy not to randomly be kind to strangers. But when I am in a good mood I find it easier to be kind, giving a car park ticket to someone when it expires at the end of the day, that sort of thing. Today I was in the supermarket and had a terrible pain in my bump and could barely walk and not one person stopped to see if I was ok. I guess sometimes we’re all too busy plodding along with our own lives. xx #DreamTeam

  46. September 9, 2017 / 1:19 am

    Loving this sweet story all over again! #DreamTeam xoxo

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