It’s just a little bit serendipitous that this weeks Peppermint Magazine Kindness Challenge prompt of saying ‘Thank You’ follows up the ‘Thank You’ post for Sustainability in Style’s feature on Row + Rue. This week Peppermint are asking us to take our ‘thank-yous’ a little deeper than those we share with a shopkeeper who served you with a smile, the person who ran after you when you dropped your wallet, or the colleague who brought surprise cupcakes to work. They want us to take the time to say a big thank you to people who’ve made a meaningful difference to our lives. It might be slightly more effort, but writing a thank you note to an old teacher, a friend you haven’t seen in a while, a creative person whose work you admire, a local hero or someone who’s had a positive impact on your community is a great way to show a little kindness.
The Peppermint team want us to know that letting someone know they’re appreciated will brighten their day (or perhaps even their entire week), and remembering their positive influence will inspire you to be the best person you can be. This ‘Thank You’ idea reminded me of the following Soul Pancake clip. Yes, this clip is based around romantic love, but the idea of simply saying thank you when you are complimented can be a difficult trick to learn. It is also important to realise that compliments given with love increases self esteem of the recipient. So not only is it important to give kindness, it is also important to learn how to genuinely accept compliments in order to reap the full benefits.
I hope you enjoy this clip as much as I did. Soul Pancake clips always leave me with a severe case of the warm and fuzzies!