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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

With Love for Books Second Anniversary - Guest Post by Wendy Lou Jones

The power of kindness

Guest post by Wendy Lou Jones

One thing I like to see when I’m driving into town is people ‘paying it forwards’. Have you ever watched that film? It has a wonderful message: doing something nice for someone who needs it, without thought of getting anything in return and then that person then goes on to do the same for someone else.

Ever notice when you let someone out into the traffic that within a few minutes they will do the same for someone else? It really warms my heart. Think of all the people’s days that might have been made just that little bit better all because you thought to take a minute out of your hectic life to help one. To be kind.

And kindness is a two way street. You feel happier when you have been kind. Don’t you hate it when you, for whatever reason, say the wrong thing or make the wrong decision and you hurt someone or make them have to work harder because of you? And you wish you could take it back or choose again. I do. But life doesn’t come with a rewind.

With the state of the world right now, I think we could use all the kindness we can get; so why not reach into your pocket and give a homeless person enough to buy a warm drink, or buy them some food yourself. Give them money to afford a new blanket. And if not, what about a smile to brighten their day. I wonder how long it has been since they were given the gift of that.

We give this gift to our friends every time we see them: a smile. Simple, but an honest smile can heal. A hug can soothe an anxious mind and a kind word can bring hope in the most troubling time.

I wouldn’t say I believe in karma, but I appreciate it when it happens. So, be generous with your heart and hopefully love will find you.

About Wendy Lou Jones

I spent a happy childhood in West Sussex, where I studied hard at school and in my spare time, danced (ballet and jazz) and fell in love with guinea pigs.

I took Medicine at university and qualified as a doctor in 1994, working in various fields until I dropped out to have kids, several years later. How on Earth did I end up here, you ask? I do, frequently. Well, one night, in my late 30s, I had a dream. As simple as that. A dream that inspired me. And I’ve been reading and writing ever since.



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  1. I believe in paying it forward. I was just talking about that the other day. Thanks for sharing:)

  2. It's a beautiful thought, it would be great if more people belived in it.

  3. I really enjoyed reading the guest post, thank you!

  4. Definitely agree with this so much! I've been thinking about this a lot. There is so much self-interest in the world, it often surprises people when someone is nice to them. I love seeing an answering smile light up someone's face who was looking down a moment before, seeing a look of happiness. Little waves can create big ripples!! The more kindness and love in the world, the better!! Best wishes for 2018, Wendy! :)

  5. Kindness can make all the difference...definitely a timely post!


  6. What a lovely post. I love that a dream inspired you to start writing.

  7. Yes, I see that. sometimes I think kindness is the only important thing.

  8. I agree, I love random acts of kindness. I try to do them at times when I see someone is struggling with a door or whatever and they always seem very surprised!

  9. We could certainly each do with a little more kindness in our lives. One of my grandmothers used to say 'Remember, a smile costs nothing but could be worth the world to someone!'.

  10. Such a wonderful post. Spreading love and kindness time to time is good for the soul.

  11. A lovely guest post, kindness is so important, especially in this day and age when so many have so little. "You feel happier when you have been kind" is definitely a true statement. I love it even when I only smile at a stranger and they smile back.