A little kindness goes a long way.
One simple way to spread some cheer is to be friendly at the grocery store checkout. The people there are on their feet for hours at a time. I am aware of this every time I’m buying groceries. If they are getting towards the end of their shift, they are tired and often quietly irritable from dealing with the parade of rudeness that so often characterizes “the public”.
So, getting back to kindness. I’ve often said to someone at checkout something like, “what you need is a small stool you can rest on.” It never fails to bring a smile and a moment of understanding to them. For just a moment, someone has acknowledged their discomfort and we have a tiny person to person connection.
It always gives them an even bigger smile when I say “tell the boss that the customer is uncomfortable seeing you uncomfortable.”
Interestingly, I enjoy a good feeling every time I’ve done this. The simple reward of creating a light, friendly moment with someone is immeasurable. It lifts both of us for that brief moment and cost me nothing.
And who knows, maybe the idea will get back to some manager somewhere and those little stools might appear. If so, I’ll have to find another way to practice a little kindness.