Sunday, February 19, 2012

Kindness Is All Around Us, Plus a Master Lock Giveaway Bonus Entry!

All this week, I’ve been talking about being kind to others, our families, and ourselves. This has all by inspired by Master Lock’s efforts to celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Week by handing out free locks in six different areas of the country! Their generosity is certainly inspiring, but you really don’t have to look far to see acts of kindness performed. Even books, movies, articles, and TV shows can show great examples of being good to others. Since I’m a writer, I often find inspiration in the words of other writers. Here’s some advice on kindness from some famous authors:

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
~Mark Twain

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.
~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Don’t be yourself -- be someone a little nicer.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook

The best portion of a good man’s life -- his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.
~William Wordsworth

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
~Leo Buscaglia

[E]very day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
~Maya Angelou

What about you? Have you watched a movie, read a book, or even listened to a song that inspired you to lend a hand to someone else? Be sure to share these examples with your children! Seek out entertainment that makes kindness a popular thing to do.

BONUS ENTRY: Each day this week I’ve been sharing bonus entries for the Master Lock Giveaway I’m hosting, and this is the final day! Today’s bonus entry asks the question: What book, movie or TV show has inspired you lately? CLICK HERE to go to the Master Lock Giveaway and get your bonus entry by sharing your answer in the Rafflecopter form!

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