A Simple Act of Kindness

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I believe that kindness is one of the most important human characteristics. It is not that hard to say a simple 'thank you', and yet it can really change the outlook of someone else's day. My sister once told me, “It takes more muscles to frown than to smile.” I have noticed that just being polite to the people around you can really make the atmosphere around you more positive. I can think of a lot of examples of when being polite has made things a little smoother, including one at the doctor's office, another at the commissary, and another one on the metro train in Paris. Yesterday, as I was heading to my appointment at the doctor's office, I entered an elevator to go to the third floor where my doctor's office is located. As I entered the elevator I pressed the button and waited for the door to close. I was running a few minutes late and I was a little concerned that I would not make my appointment in time. I noticed an old man enter the building and slowly make his way to the elevator. Instead of allowing the elevator door to close on th Continue...

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In order to get to Disneyland Paris from our hotel we had to ride on the public metro system. When he entered the elevator he grinned and said, "thank you, young man. We made a stop a few minutes later and a middle aged woman boarded the train. Even something as small as holding the door open for the old man had a positive impact on his day. She then made a sly remark about the customer who had just left and my wife and me laughed. About 25 minutes into the ride the metro had become so crowded that people were standing in the middle aisle holding on to the seats and handles in order to fit in the train. e old man, I held the door open until the old man was able to board the elevator with me. Even though I had to spend the rest of the ride standing uncomfortably, I 3 know that my actions made the rest of the train ride more comfortable for her, myself, and the rest of the people who were on the train. Even though I was running late for my appointment I went a little out of my way to help this old man. This past summer, my wife and I visited Paris to see the Eiffel Tower and to go to Disneyland Paris. In addition, she yelled at the cashier for the poor selection of products, the long line to check out; and even yelled at the cashier for the speed at which she was checking her items out. The kindness and good manners you display mean a lot to the people around you. I know that my wife and me made the cashier feel a little better just by being nice and showing her that we understood her frustration. She looked a little heavy set and she was carrying quite a few bags from shopping.


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