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Kindness

kindness_topHello fellow dog and children people!

This is my first blog and I have to say I am feeling a little nervous at putting “me” out there. However the philosophy I follow in life is, if you don’t try something, you never know if you will fail or succeed. So here goes…

This is my first blog and I have to say I am feeling a little nervous at putting “me” out there. However the philosophy I follow in life is, if you don’t try something, you never know if you will fail or succeed. So here goes…

Little Dude is the child I never had (until I did have a human child) and LD (abbr. for Little Dude) has taught me the most valuable lesson about kindness. From the moment he wakes (he likes to get at least 7 hours of beauty rest, fyi!) he gives cuddles, kisses and love – unconditional kindness, no questions asked. From when we first met, I was overwhelmed with his love and kindness and I wanted to pass these feelings to people on my path. Which is why I became a Therapy team, with Little Dude, through The Good Dog foundation. We visit schools, hospitals and aged-care facilities in New York City, delivering snippets of kindness to people who need some extra light in their day. (This report sums up the positive affects of animal therapy!) What overwhelmed me most was the reaction these therapy visits garnered from the folks whom we were lucky to meet: smiles, happiness, authentic conversation and beautiful human and animal interaction.

So the BIG Lesson is: if you give kindness, not only are you making a positive change in someone’s day, you get warm and fuzzy feelings too!

Sometimes it’s difficult to find extra time from your busy day of work, running around trying to get stuff done, raising kids/animals, cooking, cleaning, seeing family and friends blah blah blah you know the picture! However finding time to be kind is so easy! You have 5 seconds to:

  1. Smile (smile at that stranger who you get eye contact with, smile at that lovely person making your coffee, smile at the wonderful human packing your groceries – you get the picture!
  2. Say “hello” to pretty much everyone you encounter in your day. Seriously, sometimes you need a gentle reminder that this little 5 letter word can escape your lexicon
  3. Open a door for: a mom with a stroller, an older lady or gentleman or someone with three thousand bags in their hands
  4. Give a warm hug to someone you love, and hold that hug for an extra 5 seconds
  5. Tell your mum/dad/brother/sister/child/grandparent/neighbor/friend that you love them.

Little Dude and I plan to deliver to you small and big ideas of how to make your Big World full of love and kindness.

In the meantime, take 5 seconds of your day to be kind!!

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