A few weeks ago, I was thinking a lot about giving compliments to strangers. Hear me out for just one second. Say we gave two separate strangers a compliment each day for a year; that would be 730 compliments. Now, imagine if ten percent of my readers for a day (roughly 8,000 a day) participated in this challenge, that would be 584,000 words of kindness given out to strangers that might not have happened otherwise. Too often I'm in a restaurant or out and about and think, "what an adorable family", or "she has a beautiful smile", etc. and go on about my day. Why not share that with them? You never know what they're going through and what you say might change their perspective about themselves.
So here's my challenge: Start today making a point to share words of kindness to the people you would normally walk right on by. I'm going to try and give two compliments a day. And I'm not implying just throwing out halfhearted compliments, but genuine, thoughtful ones. I've been trying to do this the past few weeks, and it really causes you to be more aware of those around you and also to look for the good in people. I'm sure there will be days I give more and days I don't give any at all, but just remember the principle of the matter. We have the ability to affect lives for the better right at our fingertips. Why not start with the little things?
And on that note, we are in St. Louis for the weekend to photograph a wedding. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
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