Tuesday 23 June 2015

The Power of Kind Words

A growing trend that has been getting a lot of press lately on the big world wide web, is people writing about or filming random acts of kindness and posting it online. There are an assortment of Youtube videos containing people approaching homeless people and giving them money or food, whilst others compliment complete strangers as they pass them by.

Ok, ok. So maybe I’m a tiny bit cynical thinking they’re doing it for the views or hits but let’s just set that aside for a second and focus on the words their speaking and the true potential of kind words.

In this day and age I think it’s very easy for us to forget that there is a sea of people surrounding us. I know I'm guilty of gazing down lovingly at my smart phone rather than interacting with the people around me, I think we all are, it's a very easy thing to do. Another sad fact is that we live in a society where we tend to judge each other very quickly on appearances; we’re targeted by websites, adverts and magazines that pick at our insecurities and fears in hope that we will buy their magical products that will supposedly fix all our problems. 

But something that can really make a difference in someones life is just a few kind words. 

Kind words don't cost a thing, yet they do wonders for the person receiving them. Not only that, they also make the person giving the compliment feel great too.

It’s a win win situation.

Kind words don’t have to be forced, futile or faked. You can compliment someone’s clothes, perfume, attitude, manners, way of life or achievements. Heck, you can compliment someone on how their toes are perfectly aligned because kind words have no limitations!

You don't just have to just compliment someone to give kind words. Saying something that's honest and from the heart is always a welcomed gift.

As of late, I was lucky enough to receive some kind words, some were from strangers and some from friends but all of those words had the same effect on me; they made me incredibly happy.

Let’s get a bit deep shall we? Let's address the fact that I have realllllly low self – esteem; I always feel that I don’t really fit in anywhere and I’m always berating myself at everything I do; I’m essentially my own worst enemy. Yet the other day, when I returned from work after having a week off on holiday, a colleague told me she missed me. She recently announced she was pregnant and after looking at the first scan, I was adamant she was having a girl. However, whilst I was away, she found out the sex of the baby and guess what? I was right. Once she told me, I was over the moon and began looking at baby clothes with her (we’re obviously very busy at work) but she explained that she wished I had been around for the announcement last week 

The moment my colleague told me she missed me; it struck a chord with me. Someone from work actually missed me? Actually cared that I wasn’t about to squeal about the new baby girl? Unbeknownst to my colleague, her words really resonated with me and made me feel so bloody happy. Those tiny little words that she probably didn't even realized she said, made me feel wanted and appreciated.

Now why am I mentioning this situation? To brag? Maybe (JOKEZ). I'm just trying to explain the impact kind words can have on someone. 

Kind words can help someone through a bad day, week, month or year
Kind words can highlight positive traits in someone that they didn’t even know they had
Kind words can create friendships

Kind words can stop arguments
Kind words can build relationships
Kind words can stop sad or depressing thoughts

Kind words can stop someone from feeling lonely
Kind words can show someone you care
Kind words can highlight just how important you really are

I know, I know I'm getting a bit lovey dovey and yes, sometimes it is a bit awkward giving someone a compliment or sharing some nice words with them. But I'm not asking you to run up to everyone in your street and tell them that you love them! (That would be a bit odd and there is a slight chance you may be considered a nutter). But hey! You lot are smart, intellectual human beings, you're aware of positives of being nice! I'm not trying to lecture you but I'm just trying to highlight that by doing something so small for someone, can really make a difference in their day or life.

You could be the reason a bad day is turned into a good day, wouldn't that be an amazing achievement?

Heck, I'm not usually this bloody nice, maybe I'm feeling a tad emotional but, hey, there's no harm in trying to spread some positivity, right? 

In other news I got ID for the lottery today. The woman thought I looked 16 years old. S I X T E E N ! 

It's official, she's my new best mate.

Tell me about a compliment you received that was out of the blue but you really appreciated. I'd love to hear about them!


  1. Such a lovely - and unique - post. I am such a believer in the power of kind words, a nice blog comment or tweet can totally change my mood. Also, I know all about low self-esteem but girl, you are stunning, get that self esteem up because you're fab!! :)


    1. Awwww! Thank you lovely! Thank you so much! It's really appreciated! You always have such lovely words! Yah makin' meh blush! :D


  2. I love this post and free 100%. I've recently received some wonderful comments on my blog and it's made me feel so much better about blogging. I work in health care and always try to compliment my patients because it makes their day sometimes, and it costs me nothing. Such a wonderful post and reminder as to why we should be kind xxx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

    1. Aw thank you so much! It's always nice to receive nice comments about your blog! I'm glad you did and I'm so glad you, as a health worker, compliment your patients. I'm sure they feel vulnerable and I bet your kind words really help!! Thank you so stopping by and being so nice! :) xxx

  3. Kind words don't cost a thing but they make everyone's day. This is such a beautiful post, especially about something we may forget to do often. Kind words can do anything <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

    1. Exactly, they really don't! Thank you so much sweetheart for your kind words! I really appreciate it! xx

  4. Thanks so much for writing this, it made me smile! I always try to say something nice to people, if somebody does to me it brightens my day!!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose’s Rooftop

    1. Aw love! Thank you for taking time to read it! I think it's so nice to receive or give compliments to strangers (in a non creepy way)! I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well! Thanks for stopping by! x

  5. This really made me smile. You're so right - it doesn't take two seconds to make somebody's day with a little bit of kindness! x

    1. Aw, I'm really glad it did! Exactly! I think it's sometimes hard because we all seem to put barriers up (myself included!) but a few kind hearted words can really break down those walls and make someones day!

      I'll stop being all soppy now haha x


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