Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
~ George Eliot (1819-1880)

Loving Ideas

Don’t underestimate the simple act of smiling.

Be friendly, polite, and liberal with please; thank you, and sincere words of affirmation.

Really listen. Look people in the eye, and give them your full attention.

Refrain from judging. Give others the benefit of the doubt. Help others live up to your good expectations of them.

Learn to say “I’m sorry” with sincerity and humility.

Treat every call as if it is the most important one of the day. Let both your tone and your words say “Welcome,” not “Keep out.”

When someone expresses a need, do something about it.

Be prompt with get-well cards and expressions of sympathy.

Share what you already have: home-baked bread, garden produce, outgrown clothing and toys, extra furniture.

Teach a skill to a younger person.

Remember birthdays and anniversaries with a card.

If you have the time and the stamina, offer to baby-sit occasionally for single moms or just plain hassled and harried moms.

Send thank-you notes promptly after receiving a gift or special help.

Love generously.

~ Linda Riley