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I have been busy this week trying to get ready for Thanksgiving and enjoying having my kids home from school.  Throughout the week, I have been struck how easy it is to make someone happy.  I am amazed about how little things mean alot  to so many people.

I have had a friend tell me I looked nice on a day that I didn’t feel pretty.  I know she didn’t think it was a big deal but it really made my day.  It made such a difference that I made a point to tell the cashier at the store how much I appreciated her and it almost broke my heart how much that meant to her.  Why don’t I do that everytime?  It is such a simple thing to do.

Her reaction got me thinking.  Little things mean a lot and they are so easy to do.  This is supposed to be a happy time of year.  This is supposed to be a time when we are full of more love for the people around us.  But it seems like too many of us are so busy trying to make people happy with gifts and a big meal that we forget to be kind to the people we see along the way.

So I am committing to do these little things: to do something kind for someone I everyday, to be more patient and appreciative of the people around me.  I don’t think it is enough just not to say unkind things, we need to say kind courteous things to the people we see.  Good old fashioned thank you and please are always welcome.  The cashiers are very busy and deal with a lot of grumpy customers.  A sincere thank you means a lot to them and is so easy to give.

The Little Things Mean So Much

For the next 30 days I am committed to do these things;

  1. I will smile at the cashiers I see and thank them for their help.
  2. I will allow the other person to have the parking spot.
  3. I will be a courteous driver and I will not be angry if another driver is not courteous.
  4. I will make spending time with my family a bigger priority than spending time finding the right present.
  5. I will give money to the homeless people I see and I will talk with them if they want to talk.
  6. I will give each of my kids and my husband at least one sincere compliment every day.

These are little things I should do every day but for some reason I feel so rushed and stressed during this time of year that taking time to be kind and give other people the benefit of the doubt takes a back seat.  That is so backwards!  I am posting this to hold myself accountable.  Who wants to join me?

 

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Posted by Frugal Mommy

Hi I’m Heather, a busy, happy and very frugal mom of 8 amazing kids! My journey to become a mom of 8 has been a bumpy one that has included infertility, being a foster parent, adoption, and special needs parenting. I share the things I've learned raising my big unique family.

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  1. Beautiful things to try to achieve 🙂 The world would be a better place if we all took the time to do the things on your 30 day goal list 🙂

    http://katelynmcphee.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thank you Katelyn! I am going to check out your blog now!

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  2. This is an awesome list of things to commit to doing. I will practice saying something kind to at least one person each day, my kids don’t count. I always say kind things to them. I will work really hard on my road rage…that will be hard! I’ve recently started giving more cash to the homeless people I encounter. I will stick with it. Have a happy Thanksgiving and thanks for sharing.

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    1. I love your list. Yes road rage is really hard. I always say nice things to my kids but with a family of 10, I want to make sure I don’t forget to catch each of them doing something good every day.

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  3. Little things we should all do, Ours in New Zealand is in December and we love it. Great post and really thoughtful.

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    1. Ours is in December too but with Thanksgiving tomorrow and the Christmas shopping push starting that night, I wanted to start today.

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