Its true!

The rest of the message.... (Craig Allen photo)

Think about it...

How difficult is it...how much time and effort does it take to smile?

To say "Please" when asking for something.

To lend a hand when you see that its needed?

To say "Thank You."

Not much effort, right?

Especially in the aftermath of the tragedy in Boston...with so many public acts of courage and kindness.

OK...so, maybe you're saying to yourself that kindness isn't easy...

True...we move through our lives, our jobs, with our heads down...focusing on getting done what needs to be done.

Kindness requires that we look around...that we pay attention, that we see the world (and the people) around us.

Kindness means focusing on someone else...even if its just for a brief moment...like opening a door for a person who's hands are full...

In the "good old days," there were stickers on rental video tapes that reminded us to "Be Kind, Rewind."

And, Oprah had Americans committing "Random Acts Of Kindness."

Recently, I came across this quote: "Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world."

Its really that simple!

By the way, the words are from Annie Lennox, formerly of the Eurythmics.

Try it...be KIND.

A simple jesture...a few quick, encouraging words...a smile...can make all the difference!

And, you may be surprised how much better, and happier you'll feel, too!