The Little Things Matter

Here is a short list of things that can be accomplished is a few seconds but will linger for hours in the hearts of others.

Say thank you or I love you.

Mail a card to a friend in another city.

Smile at a child who needs a smile.

Compliment those who deserve a compliment.  

Wave to a neighbor as you pass.

Practice these and they will soon become automatic. Those who are given your simple and quick gift will benefit. For some, your gift of notice and appreciation may be the only gift like it that they have received in days.

As the giver of these simple gestures, you will benefit as well. You will find, on the reaction of others, the impact of your gift. Soon you will feel better about yourself and wonder why it took so long for you to adopt the practice of giving joy to others.  

There are a couple of cautions worth mentioning.

  1. Do not take these actions if they are disingenuous. You are not seeking popularity or acceptance. Being truthful in your actions is imperative.
  2. Do not necessarily expect reciprocal actions from others. It may take them time to learn these practices and begin to employ them with you and others. Some never will; sadly, for them.

Personal note: It is unusual in these blogs for me to give advice of any kind. I usually stick to inviting thought and consideration. This time I could not take that passive approach. In the World we share, simple gifts of peace and appreciation must be given to those around us

About authorbillramsey

During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from and on all e-readers. See Follow Bill on Facebook at
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4 Responses to The Little Things Matter

  1. Also very important… be a great listener.


    • Absolutely agree. If I don’t listen I never learn anything new. People need to be heard. I find this is especially true of older men who have few people who do listen to them. I would also add that children also need real adult listeners who converse with them and provide them with reassurance when they need it.


  2. Lilian Langat says:

    Little things but make such a big positive impact in those around us.


    • Lilian, I know you personally practice these and more. Hope you are well and loving life with family. We are blessed by the arrival of our first grandson. He will be raised with these values by our son Tyler and wife Joti.


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