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Inspired Living

25 Days of Cheer (Day 18)

Sarah Stanley

Today's cheer is  brought to you by the every fabulous Kelly Olexa. Enjoy! What's Project Cheer all about? This should help explain the concept!

Cheer #18) Say "please" & "thank you"

It’s the little things that count. And I have found that the little things make such a huge difference in the lives of others. This is something I focus on year-round, not just at holiday-time. Two simple words: Manners and Kindness.

I was raised to always say “Please” and “Thank You”, no matter where I am, and regardless of the circumstances. If I am at a restaurant, checking out at the grocery store, picking up my mail, putting gas in my car, or going through the Starbucks drive-through, I ALWAYS make sure to say both “Please” and “Thank You!” with a smile and enthusiasm every time. I am constantly surprising employees at such places, because more often than not, they’ll say, “Wow! No one EVER remembers to say that!”. And I tell them, “That’s how my mom raised me!”.

I also focus on being KIND. I remember reading a book during the time I was going through a divorce, and this book said to consider the circumstances we are in and how it feels to go about the day, often fighting back tears because the pain is so awful. It said to remember that when you are beyond that experience, and run into others in your daily life that seem angry or bitter, and instead of dishing it back to them, think about what they might be going through at that time. We have NO idea of what someone might be dealing with, and thus, I always make sure to dish out kindness instead of attitude. I hold the door open, I offer help in the parking lot, I thank the person at Panera that takes away my tray, I make conversation with the person checking me out at the grocery counter. I take time to be kind to everyone I encounter, because everyone deserves that.

Try doing this in December. I promise you, the smiles and “warm fuzzies” you will get from it will surprise you, and no doubt encourage you to keep it going throughout the year.

Kelly Olexa is a passionate person who loves coffee, fitness & of course social media. She calls Chicago home when she is not on a plane. Find her on Twitter @KellyOlexa & visit her website.

It’s the little things that count. And I have found that the little things make such a huge difference in
the lives of others. This is something I focus on year-round, not just at holiday-time. Two simple words:
Manners and Kindness. I was raised to always say “Please” and “Thank You”, no matter where I am, and
regardless of the circumstances. If I am at a restaurant, checking out at the grocery store, picking up
my mail, putting gas in my car, or going through the Starbucks drive-through, I ALWAYS make sure to
say both “Please” and “Thank You!” with a smile and enthusiasm every time. I am constantly surprising
employees at such places, because more often than not, they’ll say, “Wow! No one EVER remembers to
say that!”. And I tell them, “That’s how my mom raised me!”.
I also focus on being KIND. I remember reading a book during the time I was going through a divorce,
and this book said to consider the circumstances we are in and how it feels to go about the day, often
fighting back tears because the pain is so awful. It said to remember that when you are beyond that
experience, and run into others in your daily life that seem angry or bitter, and instead of dishing it back
to them, think about what they might be going through at that time. We have NO idea of what someone
might be dealing with, and thus, I always make sure to dish out kindness instead of attitude. I hold the
door open, I offer help in the parking lot, I thank the person at Panera that takes away my tray, I make
conversation with the person checking me out at the grocery counter. I take time to be kind to everyone
I encounter, because everyone deserves that.
Try doing this in December. I promise you, the smiles and “warm fuzzies” you will get from it will
surprise you, and no doubt encourage you to keep it going throughout the year.