‘Hey, readers. Thanks for following my columns all these years. You guys are the best!”
Those words express my deepest, heartfelt appreciation. They may also impact how you feel. That’s because kind words are in stantly uplifting. They’re an easy method of infusing a feel-good jolt that lingers for hours to come.
They’re equally beneficial to the sender. When we say kind words to other people, we get our own rush of euphoria often referred to as a “helper’s high.” We feel connected to a fellow human being. We’re bathed in happy thoughts.
While kind words come in every imaginable format, they all share common bonds. First, they’re simple. There’s no beating around the bush. Kind words cut to the chase and say, “You’re No. 1 in my book!”
Kind words are sincere. They’re never perceived as snide, sarcastic or hollow. Instead, they’re a perfect example of how pleasant people can be.
No one ever expects kind words. They come at us out of the blue. That’s partly why they’re so very special: We never see them coming.
Finally, kind words have no strings attached.
Anyone can express kind words. It’s ideal when our loved ones make warm, fuzzy observations. Kind words also can come from random sources, such as the dog groomer, the bus driver or your son’s third-grade teacher.
Kind words may be quick and simple. But their impact goes from here to Mars. Think back to a time someone said something sweet to you. You can recall those good vibes as if they happened yesterday. They may even have altered the course of your life. Perhaps someone’s encouragement inspired you to leave an abusive relationship or quit smoking. At the very least, it boosted your spirits and made you feel like a million bucks.
So I challenge you to say some kind words today. Better yet, make kind words a daily habit. The planet will be better because of your actions. You’ll feel pretty fabulous, too.
GIVE A LIFT WITH SIX CAN’T-MISS COMMENTS
‘Here, you go ahead of me. I can wait.’ Waiting in line is an unpleasant fact of our lives. Imbue the process with a touch of humanity by allowing someone else to go first.
‘Your smile brightens the entire room.’ This statement recognizes another’s cheery attitude and spreads the goodness even further.
‘Everyone I know admires your work.’ We’re often unaware of what friends and coworkers think. Sharing others’ positive comments lets us know how much they care.
‘Thanks. You’re the best!’ Everyone wants to feel appreciated. Express the sentiment every chance you get.
‘Your little dog obviously adores you.’ This hits a home run with any pet owner. Who doesn’t want to feel loved by their furry friend?
‘That kid is lucky to have you as a parent.’ Moms and dads try so hard to do their best. Any kudos make their day.