Ways to Show More Gratitude and Kindness

As we approach a season of giving, I can’t help but notice the power behind this positive way of living. It provokes the question, “What if we treated each other with the same generosity and kindness all year long?” I’ll admit that many who give monetarily may not be able to afford this way of giving all the time. But consider this more of a continuous attitude and possibly a new way of living. It is my goal this year to go above and beyond for others and show much more gratitude and kindness every day. I hope you’ll join me! The world needs so much of it and it all can start with you.
How to show more gratitude and more kindness -- Something the world needs more of

Ways to show more kindness today:

1. Respect

Without respect, we miss out on one of the most critical ways to interact with each other. We live in a diverse world with daily varying opinions from our own. By being accepting of others and taking the time to listen and truly understand another’s point of view we are that much closer to showing kindness. As a former Kindergarten teacher, the golden rule was an important part of developing the inner character and it’s simple enough for even children to understand — treat others the way you want to be treated. Ask yourself, how would I want someone to treat me and begin showing those very actions today.How to show more gratitude and more kindness -- Something the world needs more of

2. Generosity

Many who give generously experience the intrinsic benefits from giving. In turn, they find that it is actually a joy to spread kindness in the world. The best part about generosity is that it takes a selfless point of view. It’s a beautiful thing because it’s centered around what you can do for others, not about what you can gain from them. Give with your time. Give with your insights. Give with your heart and you will be sure to bless others!How to show more gratitude and more kindness -- Something the world needs more of

How to show more gratitude and more kindness -- Something the world needs more of3. Loyalty

Loyalty can extend far more than just those you are in a committed relationship with. You can be loyal in other relationships such as work, family, friendships and community groups as well. Loyalty is a powerful virtue that will not go unnoticed by others around you. Honor your word and follow through with your commitments. Don’t forget to be loyal to yourself first — to your own needs, emotions, health, and responsibilities! You deserve it!How to show more gratitude and more kindness -- Something the world needs more of

4. Patience

Every day brings us new opportunities to practice patience and if we choose to embrace it, this is a skill that can be fine tuned. Not only will others benefit from you sharing a little extra patience in your daily life, but you will find yourself with a stronger peace of mind as you learn to let the little things go. Relax, you’ll get there some day. 🙂How to show more gratitude and more kindness -- Something the world needs more of

5. Humility

Humility creates an opportunity for us to gain strength as we set aside our own identities and believe in possibilities not seen. Being humbled is where change begins within ourselves — a change that can have a strong impact on others.How to show more gratitude and more kindness -- Something the world needs more of

6. Empathy

What would the world be like if we were able to effectively consider another’s point of view and truly empathize with their thoughts and actions? This is difficult to do especially when you have not encountered the experiences of another person and it takes a great amount of understanding. However, if we can look beyond our own ways and begin to thoughtfully consider how others view and respond to experiences, we will be more prepared to offer compassion and grace to others, making the world a better place.How to show more gratitude and more kindness -- Something the world needs more of

7. Gratitude

Above all, let us tie gratitude into everything we do. Let us always be thankful and express gratitude for even the smallest blessings in our lives. If you’re looking for more ways to practice gratitude check out my article 5 Ways to Practice Gratitude All Year Long. I hope it inspires you to carry this attitude of gratitude in all aspects of your daily life!

How to show more gratitude and more kindness -- Something the world needs more ofI hope you’ll join me in spreading kindness and living a life full of gratitude.

Keep smiling!


“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.” -Mahatma Gandhi


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Molly Lawson

I’m Molly Lawson! I live in Seattle and am an optimist, adventurer, and bold lipstick wearer. I created this space to inspire and empower women with words of encouragement known as #MollysWords and share inspiration through my personal style. I always want my readers to leave with a smile and I hope you do!

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  1. JessicaHxoxo
    December 6, 2016 / 10:49 am

    This is beyond sweet girl, I LOVE this! I know gratitude is so important but I find that when I need it the most is when it slips form my mind the quickest! Something I’m working to overcome. I’ve started a gratitude journal a few times as well but I should start that again and stick with it! PS. You look amazing WHAT is your workout routine! Lol

    xo, jess


  2. December 6, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    YESSSS!!! I’m all about this post. Fabulousness abounds! Thank you for having such a kind heart and for encouraging such kindness in others. The world needs more of it.

    (PS – LOVE that shirt!)

  3. December 7, 2016 / 9:59 am

    So much yes to all of this, but especially to #3. As an adult, the value of mutual loyalty in any relationship speaks volumes. Thanks for always keeping us grounded with your kind words!


    • December 8, 2016 / 10:55 am

      I love that we’re all on the same page here 🙂 Thanks for reading lovely

  4. December 7, 2016 / 10:15 am

    You are a constant inspiration to me! I love your thoughts here. I absolutely agree that we need to take time every day to exercise these and learn to express kindness in every aspect of our life!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

  5. December 7, 2016 / 10:22 am

    I love this post. It makes me sad that people forget how much kindness matters, especially when dealing with strangers.

    • December 8, 2016 / 10:52 am

      I know, we all forget sometimes but it’s so important to put your own issues aside and treat everyone with respect 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  6. December 7, 2016 / 10:25 am

    This was such a sweet post! xx Tracie

  7. Jamie
    December 7, 2016 / 10:52 am

    You are the cutest!
    Love this simple, graphic tee styled into a fun flirty look!

    I definitely agree that showing patience can be such an act of love, and kindness!

    xx, Jamie

    • December 8, 2016 / 10:51 am

      Haha, I enjoy wearing this outfit, super comfortable too! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

  8. Madeline Mihaly
    December 7, 2016 / 10:55 am

    loving that shirt & its adorable message. I agree with you – I think I’m going to try to do a monthly monetary donation to a charity or time donation for 2017.

    xo, Maddy

  9. Elizabeth Johnson
    December 7, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    Really enjoyed this post! Patience is so important to share with others. You never know what a person can be going through and patience is a great way to show some understanding without knowing their circumstance.

    Elizabeth Ann // http://www.lovedoinglife.com

  10. December 8, 2016 / 7:39 am

    You are just the sweetest person, your joy and kind spirit is so infectious! Loyalty is a huge area for me, I have had too many people I thought were “loyal” friends use me and then bully the heck out of me when they didn’t get what they wanted from me. It’s become trust issue for sure. Respect, empathy and gratitude are so important especially in today’s society! We need more people like you in this world! Also, sidebar, that skirt looks amazing on you!


    • December 8, 2016 / 10:41 am

      I hope people feel inspired after reading. Gratitude is so so important. Thanks for reading Ellie!

  11. Taylor Smith
    December 8, 2016 / 8:35 am

    You are always so uplifting and sweet. I love this! It is so important to be kind no matter what.

  12. December 8, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    YOU are the cutest, Molly! And this post is so perfect, especially this time of year! Love your words, as always, my friend! xoxo

  13. December 8, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    gratitude is a tough because it requires us to truly see what another is experiencing. I’m guilty of having a hard time suspending my own biases. great post!

  14. December 9, 2016 / 6:14 am

    This this, couldn’t agree more with this, and want to share this with the world. Gratitude changes EVERYTHING!

    Coming Up Roses

  15. brownpaperdoll
    December 9, 2016 / 8:56 am

    Loved this post lady! You’re totally right… these are virtues we should try to work on every day. Thanks for sharing and hope you have an amazing weekend! xo, LA

  16. Kelly Alex
    December 9, 2016 / 11:28 am

    This is the perfect post especially around this time of year we are working on being more kind. Thank you for sharing these tips

  17. December 9, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    I’ll start off by saying you look absolutely gorgeous! Loyalty is a big one for me! I try to be loyal to my friends and surround myself with people who show me the same respect!

  18. brittany
    December 12, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    Such a sweet and honest post- I hope we all can take from this <3


  19. Thomas Falkenstedt
    December 24, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    My dear Molly, reading your posts are always so inspiring and there’s something about them that always make me think. I’m so good at giving other people advice, but not following them myself. Reading this reminded me of some of the things I need to do for myself to be kind to myself and also to show gratitude. I do that to everyone else, but shall not and will not forget myself in the process.
    Have a wonderful Christmas, sweetie!


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