One thing I truly love is giving; yet sometimes it can feel overwhelming to add another thing to an already busy day.
If I told you that small and simple things can make a huge difference, would you believe me?
Small things do make a difference. Acts of service don’t have to be big to be meaningful. In fact, some of the greatest things we can do for one another are small everyday things. Small acts of service are doable because they can be incorporated into our day and don’t require a large commitment or advanced planning. They can be done everyday and they can leave a lasting impact.
“It’s in the small moments that life is truly lived.” – Marion Roach Smith, The Memoir Project
An additional benefit of incorporating small acts of service regularly into your day is that the service has as much benefit for you the giver as it does for the receiver. It is a sure fire way to bring joy and happiness into your everyday life.
- Give a compliment.
- Call a friend you haven’t talked to for awhile.
- Post a positive message on Facebook.
- Give someone a hug.
- Ask someone how they are doing and listen.
- Extend forgiveness to someone who has wronged you.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Be kind.
- Make time for your family.
“Behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.” – Alma 37:6
Small daily miracles lead over time to marvelous works. I would like to suggest that incorporating small doable acts of service into our daily lives will work miracles for ourselves and in the lives of others. Maybe not in a day, a week, or even a year, but good (light) brings more good (light).
By performing acts of kindness, we influence others to be kind too. This produces an endless ripple effect.
This short video by Life Vest Inside shows how kindness can spread.
Have You Done Any Good Today?
This Quaker Advertisement was recently circulating on Facebook and I just love it. It shows just how simple it really is to give service, and how one act of service grows into more.
My challenge to you is to make service part of your day. Look outside yourself, it will bring happiness to your heart.
When has a simple act of service meant a great deal to you?
- Roach Smith, M. (2012). Marion Roach Smith. Retrieved from http://marionroach.com/2012/01/how-to-look-to-the-small-moments-of-life-when-writing-memoir/
- LDS.org. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/37.6?lang=eng#5
- Life Vest Inside. (2011). YouTube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwAYpLVyeFU
- Quaker. (2017). Facebook. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/Quaker/videos/vb.58028250774/10154817803885775/?type=2&theater