Why You Should Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti

Why You Should Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti

Just be a nice person.
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When you think about it, it is actually not that hard to be nice to people. Even strangers, all you have to do is not be mean. Sounds easy, right?

After looking at various Pinterest ideas and boards, I saw a quote (I think) from Kate Spade and it said, "Throw kindness around like confetti." Ever since, this quote has resonated with me. I mean, throwing kindness around like confetti sounds kind of fun, right?

You have all heard the "everyone is going through their own struggle and battle" before, and I know it sounds cliché, but it is so true. I mean, you look around and you see strangers going about their business, but even your friends could be trying to handle something they have not told you about. Each day we all start the day with a list of things to do trying to get ourselves closer and closer to our dreams, all the meanwhile overcoming the many obstacles and failures that come with this journey.

It is surprising that holding the door for someone, or saying thank you, or giving someone a compliment could brighten their whole day.

I am not saying you have to do all these things all the time, but I wonder what would happen if we were all nice to each other at least most of the time. And, I say most of the time because I know this is not a perfect world and of course, there has to be some negativity to balance out the positivity. But, what if there was more positivity in the world than negativity?

I guess it depends on how you look at the world, but for most people, it seems pretty rough. While for others, and optimists like me, we like to see the potential that the world can offer us, and the same goes for people.

It takes a special kind of person to want to create more happiness in the world, and once you find these people or this person, hold on to him or her and do not let go. They will constantly remind you what it means to be nice and how you can, indeed, throw kindness around like confetti.

Try something new this week: try actually throwing kindness around like confetti! Notice if you feel better, happier and more at ease.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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The Best Quotes About Strength

Words of wisdom for the moments in life you need strength.

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I am very much a quote person. Through whatever stage of life I am in or mood I'm feeling, looking at quotes calms my anxiety. Quotes about strength have been consistent in my life because of hardships I have been through. Although there are several around the internet, these five quotes really do it for me.

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” - Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was such a strong woman and an inspiration to me. After reading her novel I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings this past fall, my respect for her only grew. I would 10/10 recommend checking out any novels or poetry she has written.

“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” - Oprah Winfrey

Like Angelou, I feel that Oprah was also a very strong woman. This quote is close to me because, for the longest time, I felt that since I was struggling I wasn't strong. The truth is that since I was struggling I had to have strength.

“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.” - Bob Marley

I honestly don't know much about Bob Marley, but this quote is beautiful. This year especially has been a year where being strong was my only choice.

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” - Robert E. Schuller

My freshman year of high school was a really dark period in my life. I had lost two people close to me and was in a deep depression. I felt that it would never get better, but now in my senior year, I can honestly say that it has. Because of the events I had to endure that year, my viewpoint on life has definitely shifted, and I have changed (for the better) as a person.

“Strength isn’t about how much you can handle before you break, it’s how much you can handle after you break.” - Unknown

This is quite true. I had no idea how strong of a person I truly was until I have gone through tough times. Several times throughout my high school career I have just completely broken down. What I was able to handle after each time truly showed me and those around me how much strength I had.

Strength is something I have portrayed on the outside since I was young, but on the inside, I felt weaker than ever. These quotes have helped me remember where true strength comes from, and hopefully, you will be enlightened (or reminded such as myself) of where true strength comes from and that you are a beautiful queen/king.

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