The Gift of Little Silver Boxes – To You and To Others

In my new book, one of the interesting ideas I explore is how we can expand our world by performing simple acts of kindness to others. I believe kindness creates a ripple effect that has the power to change lives. It also talks about how kindness is often contagious, prompting others to pay it forward. When we are kind to others, we not only make their day brighter, but also brighten our own day.

A few years ago, I was sitting in an airport terminal, waiting for my flight when I noticed some sort of conflict happening at the boarding desk. Another passenger was giving the gate attendant a really rough time. The stresses of travel can bring out the worst in some people and this passenger was taking out all of his frustrations on this poor woman who was only trying to do her job. As I watched the gate attendant being dragged over the proverbial coals by the displeased passenger, my heart went out to her. She looked like she was having the worst day ever. Eventually— mercifully—the passenger finished his temper tantrum and sat back down.

Boarding began a few minutes later, I watched the attendant as she scanned ticket after ticket. Her body language said it all; her head was down and her eyes were averted. It was obvious that she felt terrible. When it was my turn at the head of the line, I smiled and held out my boarding pass. 

“Excuse me,” I said, summoning my courage. “Could you maybe use a hug?”

At that she raised her head and looked at me quizzically. Then her expression softened.

“That would actually be very nice,” she replied.

I gathered her in my arms and gave her a nice big hug. I thanked her for accepting my hug and told her that she’d just made my day. Then, the gentleman behind me said, “Do I get one, too?” All of us, including the attendant, started laughing. 

Within seconds everyone was smiling and some were even hugging. I danced all the way down the tarmac and into the plane. What a way to fly!

That’s what life is all about, isn’t it? Taking a moment to be mindful of your surroundings and doing one small act of kindness—giving someone a little silver box filled with love—can change the whole atmosphere, not only for you but for everyone who bears witness. 

One simple act of kindness does so much for one’s wellbeing—not only for the receiver but the giver as well. 

Kindness is just one aspect I talk about in my new upcoming book this year! Please sign up on my mailing list to be the first to know available updates and when it’s released. I can’t wait to share it with you!

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