Small Acts of Kindness

Written By: Adison Roman

December 16, 2018

“Smile to someone you don’t know…it may make their day.” These words, by Dr, Parker, could not be more true. In today’s world, we have no idea what could be going on in the lives of those around us. We often get so caught up in our own problems that we forget that others have problems, just like our own, sometimes even worse than our own. It is these people that need a reminder that there is good in the world, that they have a reason to keep going, that there is sunshine at the end of the storm. Our smiles, our small acts of kindness, can be that reminder for these people.
When I was in 6th grade I was ready to give up. I felt as though the world had given me more than I could take, I was ready to be done. I thought that nobody cared about me, that nobody was there to support me in the hard months that were to come. Then one day in the library, my reading teacher sat down next to me, smiled, and asked me if I was okay. In that moment, I remembered that people were there for me. I remembered that I was not alone. This woman took 2 minutes out of her day to smile and check in on me. For me, these two minutes made all the difference. After these two minutes, I no longer wanted to be done. I had people that would be there for me and I would get through whatever was thrown at me. I was strong enough, and when I was not, there would be people behind me who would be. A smile, a smile that did not cost this woman anything to give, made all the difference in my life.
We often forget the potential impact we could have on another by doing such a small thing. Think of a time when a smile, given by a stranger, made your day a little brighter. You never know who may need their day brightened, The lady in line behind you at the grocery store may be getting a divorce, the man driving next to you may have just found out he has a terminal illness, the woman who serves you lunch in the cafeteria everyday may have just lost a parent. You never know what someone else is going through, you never know how much they may need your smile, so just do what Dr. Parker said, give it to them.

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