Thoughtfulness is a generosity of spirit. It is displayed in our life when we give so freely of our time to help people around us, without anticipating a reward for our efforts. When you show thoughtfulness to a person in need you share the best part of you and a result of brightening up the day for others leaves you feeling content within yourself.

Pay attention to the power your character has on others, and notice your own thoughts in association to their reactions. And think about how it makes you feel when someone displays thoughtfulness to you.

Remember what you give comes back to you in even bigger blessings. When you are kind and giving of yourself, you not only get an overwhelming feeling of humbleness and joy, and you will be shown the very same thoughtfulness from others in ways that you can’t imagine.

There are so many very simple ways to be kind to people: affirm something supportive when you instinctively sense somebody needs to realize it; offer to help without being inquired for it; smile encouragingly; open your mind; listen without judgment; let errors slide rather than pointing the finger and make small sacrifices for the benefit of others in need.

What is believed to be a good rule and remains valid today is to treat others the way you want to be treated. This rule is very significant in shaping how you interact with others. It does you no good to be time and again show thoughtfulness to others and forget to be kind to yourself. You run the risk of burning yourself out, and you seemingly will become less willing to exhibit kindness to other people if you don’t restore your own mind, body and spirit regularly.

Take time for yourself, take care of your needs, give yourself credit and less criticism even when you are not performing on your highest level, always forgive yourself rather than leaving yourself feeling defeated. When you get into the routine of healing yourself and being thoughtful to yourself, it becomes much simpler to continue to be thoughtful to others.

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Comment by Lauren Markman on November 19, 2013 at 3:56pm

This is a lovely post! So often we forget to be the examples of the type of people we want our children to become. We try to build their self-esteem, but forget to take care of our own. We need to take the time to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others.

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