I want to follow up on yesterday’s segment about how small gestures of kindness can make such a big difference.  I received a lot of feedback from listeners and readers about suggestions like opening the door for others or showing courtesy for other drivers on the roadways.  It’s those little things that are often greatly appreciated.

Greg Adams of Toms River chimed in with something he’s done and I actually did a few times as well.  How many of you regularly use the drive-thru at a Dunkin' Donuts?  Well once in a while how about paying for the person in the car behind you?  You don’t have to pick up their entire tab but a cup of coffee or two.  You simply drive away and they’re told by the person working the window that the car in front of them .a stranger paid for their coffee and said “have a nice day.”

My father was big on picking up the breakfast tab whenever he saw active-duty military in a diner. often he would do so without saying a word.  Of course if they were Marines in uniform it would likely start a conversation and end with them all thanking each other for their service.

My point yesterday and today is this.  We could spend 23 hours a day complaining about things and the truth is much of that is out of our control.  However if we just make a conscious effort to do little random acts of kindness it can help brighten someone else’s day which will make you feel better.  Of course that kindness at some point will likely be returned to you as well.

A special thank you to Kathy for making me aware of Kindness for Christopher which was launched after a 10-year old North Jersey boy died tragically in a boating accident in the summer of 2015.  The movement was started by his family and it asks that on the 24th of each month you perform a random act of kindness for someone you don’t know and then share that act on their Kindness for Christopher Facebook page.  You now have an entire month to plan your first act.