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A Kinder Place


“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.  Kindness in giving creates love.”

― Lao Tzu


I have a friend who is a consummate giver.  I love watching her give by doing little acts of kindness…seeing someone struggling with a door that she gladly holds open as many others walk on.  Or giving up her space in line for an elderly gentleman, and letting into traffic that frazzled mom with a van load of kids.  No judgement here as I have walked or driven on by as well in my own little world not noticing.


But it is in these small, almost mindless, acts of kindness that we spread love, and I know we can all use more of that.  We never know what ripple effect our kindness can have.  But I know when someone has shown me a kindness, I feel happy, grateful and it makes me realize I need to give a little more.  No obligation just a pure, loving, wanting that permeates from within me that must be released or maybe unleashed on the world.


I love walking down the street and smiling at everyone.  Even those who do not look my way.  Maybe they will feel the love flowing to them.  And it is amazing how much someone can be uplifted by that smile…that little simple kindness that uses so many of my 43 facial muscles.  I usually get more smiles in return, but it is not why I do it.  I am giving straight from my heart center letting it flow out…and boy does it make me beam inside like sunshine emanating from every pore…feeling warm and luscious almost like the rich chocolate oozing from the center of  a flourless cake.



I found someone’s wallet once and made a point of finding out who they were, and drove it to their house.  They wanted to give me a reward, but the reward for me was in giving them peace of mind.  And do you know that I have lost things like credit cards and keys and somehow they are brought back to me.  A bit of karma maybe riding that kindness wave.




My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.  ~Dalai Lama


Kindness is an important and often missing element in our world it seems these days.  One that if practiced more, we might not have as much suffering, anger and hatred swirling about.  I’m not saying it will all just go away magically, but I know there would be less angry people in a kinder world.


Doing something that makes me feel good, and given with heartfelt love and no obligation or strings attached.  What a most precious genuine gift for the receiver and bliss for the giver (said with a bright, big, beaming smile of love to all)!





Special Note:  The blossoms in the pictures here are elderberry blossoms.  These lovely blossoms signify kindness.  And produce a yummy berry (as seen below) I share with the birds in fall and winter.



The picture below is my gift to you this week.  Please download it and use it to spread kindness.


elderberries painting



All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014.  Any reprints or use of content or photos is by permission only.



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  1. Debbie Debbie
    September 4, 2014    

    Thank you for the beautiful post and the wonderful download. You made my day!

    • September 4, 2014    

      Thank you Debbie for stopping by and leaving me your lovely comment. You have made my day too!

  2. September 4, 2014    

    It’s true that a simple smile can change a person’s day into something good. We should all try to be kinder. I think you’ve written a beautiful and important post.
    Have a nice day!

  3. September 4, 2014    

    Kindness is a circle isn’t it? One which gives as much to the giver as the recipient.
    Lovely post – thank you.

  4. September 4, 2014    

    I love the hidden connection you’ve enlightened me to between elderberries and kindness. I love the language of flowers and your pictures. And I love the ripple effect of kindness. I too have seen its reach. Thank you Donna.

    • September 4, 2014    

      I think the language of flowers is fascinating Barbara. It is wonderful when we see the wave of kindness…making me smile right now!

  5. September 5, 2014    

    I too try to smile a lot at people… Lovely post….. Hugs… Michelle

    • September 6, 2014    

      Isn’t it wonderful when you break out into a smile and just wear it like sunshine…so glad you stopped by Michelle! Hugs and smiles! 🙂

  6. September 6, 2014    

    Hi Donna, Your post is a good reminder. We should be kind, and nonjudgmental, for we have no idea what others are experiencing. I had a good weekend, so far, and hope you have one too.

    • September 7, 2014    

      Beth I have been having a great weekend…smiling and feeling the kindness of others and now especially having you stop by!! Thank you my friend!

  7. September 16, 2014    

    Donna, what a heartwarming post! Scattering kindness just makes me feel so happy! ♡

    • September 16, 2014    

      So wonderful that you really enjoyed it Dawn, thank you….

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