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What a Little Kindness Can Do

The Suicide rates are the highest they’ve been since WWII. This is a statistic that should be alarming to every one of us. It was to me when I heard it. I’ve advocated for Suicide Prevention and Awareness for a long time. In 2018, 1.5 million people attempted suicide.

Sunday mornings, I make it a habit to watch CBS Sunday Morning. There was a piece on there this Sunday, 1/19/2020, that really hit me. In the 1960s there was a study done on patients that had attempted suicide. The study discovered that a simple intervention, showing that you CARE, can prevent suicide. The suicide rates of people being released from psychiatric care in this study dropped by 50%, because of a simple act of compassion.

If you would like to see this segment, you can find it HEREThe piece is about 8 minutes long and can explain this remarkable study much better than I can.

I’ve written several posts about getting help if you need it for depression, suicide prevention, mental illness, etc., but I had not thought about the other side of the coin. What if we Reach Out and SHOW someone that we care today? Can it really make a difference?

It turns out that yes, it can.

I had an experience on Saturday, that really hit me as an unusual act by a stranger. I was at the gas pump filling my tank. It’s cold, the wind is blowing, but the sun is shining for the first time in days. I think everyone wanted to get out and soak up some of that sunshine. While I was pumping my gas, a woman pulled her car along side mine at the next pump over. She got out of her car and with a big smile on her face gave me a very cheerful “Good morning!” I instantly smiled! We exchanged a few words about the sunshine and the cold. But that whole experience left me smiling for the remainder of the day.

Why? Because a stranger took a few seconds and showed some compassion and kindness. Then on Sunday, I saw the piece about the suicide rates. These two instances, I believe, was God’s way of saying to me, “Penny, you need to take action. Pay attention to this!”

Why on earth was that woman that greeted me at the gas pump’s kindness so unusual to me?? THAT’S the real question here.

We get so tied up in our own lives, our own head, that we can’t see the world around us anymore. A few words or a smile might make all the difference in someone’s life. HERE is that link again.  Please watch it. I think it will change your prospective on how you look at those around you.

Sometime back, I pledged to do One Kind Thing every day. For the most part, I’ve stuck with that. But I challenge myself and you, to do more. I challenge us to Reach Out to someone today, and tomorrow, and the next day. Let’s give that other person a reason to smile.

Copyright (C) 2019 Penny Wilson

Thank you for joining me on this journey. ❤ Penny

Image by John Hain from Pixabay




Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing and Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. Penny is an advocate for Mental Health Awareness and has the page "Mental Health Help" on her blog. She writes about the struggles of mental illnesses and Depression. She is passionate about spreading awareness for Suicide Prevention and Domestic Abuse. She expresses her passion through her writings of poetry and life experiences. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

25 thoughts on “What a Little Kindness Can Do

  1. One should never underestimate the power of the kindness of strangers. It’s those unexpected moments the universe hands us that have the greatest impact. Lovely story Penny ☺️


  2. Good thoughts, the person you smile at passing on the pavement or standing in a queue at the shops, may live alone or be having a bad day. And if you work with the public being cheerful costs nothing, while being miserable may spoil their day.


  3. I appreciate this post, Sara’s comment and your reply. You two rock. Counting your blessings. Advocating. Showing kindness. Focusing on the positive.

    Thank you for writing uplifting words which encourage all of us to be there for one another. All it takes sometimes is a smile and a warm greeting, as you shared.


  4. The act and receipt of kindness or care is extraordinarily potent. We are tribal beings, our kind has always been, as is near all species of Earth. When in a tribe there is always someone there to care … to care about your joy, your pain, your challenges, your accomplishments, your weaknesses, your strengths, your dreams, your desires, your well-being, your sorrows, your passions, your interests, your cold, your hunger, your losses, your gains. It takes a village to raise a child it’s said, but it also takes a tribe to nourish and nurture “the human” at every age, stage and time in life. Being born with a tribe nature that has followed us since we arrived in this existence – the lack of it has caused deep loss, separation and isolation to so many. Even those not considering suicide feel it. Care, the simple act of care, knowing … truly knowing that someone cares, and not by their words, but in their presence within your life, is as important to the human experience as is air to our lungs.


      1. Thank you Penny! I couldn’t believe how long that ended up lol. I suppose it hit a button in me (the subject). I agree, and regardless of the species at that … and including nature – we’re all supposed to be brothers and sisters, it’s how we were created and a knowledge and understanding lost long, long ago. Many in our lifetime are starting to reawaken to our true nature. It’s taken so very long for our kind to get lost, the process of finding their way is a slow one, but you can see it everywhere these days – we are remembering, just look at what’s happening in the world with Australia, which is what prompted my blog post – short, but to the point, I’ve been reveling in all of the coming together and love, it’s so palatable! All of my ramble aside, thank you for enjoying my bit of a large response and thank you for yours, as well as your wonderful post that drew it out of me. 💖😊💖.


  5. Penny this came at the perfect time. I believe you know my history, at least that I was diagnosed with Autism this past fall. I understand much more than I let on and I just had a rather unpleasant experience with a narcissist who runs a site dedicated to Autism on FB. I shared my most recent blog about how I see my Asperger’s as a gift. I have overcome suicidal ideation, cancer, PTSD, anorexia and clinical depression because I gave it to God and choose to see the positives in my life. I just had my fingers slapped so to speak, and this woman told me that she did NOT like the blog I wrote, that Autism is incredibly sever in some cases. I worked with Autism for three years, and I know of what I speak. God forbid we look at the positives in our struggles. I am quite angered that this woman who speaks to thousands of autists doesn’t get that it’s okay to feel blessed by Asperger’s. She then talked about suicide and how serious it is. No kidding, I was suicidal for years and I pray for each and every person whether it be PTSD from military or an abusive home situation. My point is that we are much better off by seeing the glass half full, and keeping the faith that there are REASONS for our disabilities-it’s up to us~


    1. Oh, Dear Sara. I’m so sorry that you’re having to deal with this troll! Can you block her or mute her feed? That would be what I would do. I LOVE that you are taking a positive outlook on things that you are dealing with!! I’ve dealt with a few nasty people here, but thankfully, the majority have been kind and supportive.
      Surround yourself with positive people if you can possibly do so. Life to too short to deal with toxic people. You don’t need them in your life.
      I hope that you continue to see the blessings and the positives in your life! Big hugs and positive vibes sent your way!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. Big hugs right back. She runs an Autism group on Facebook, and I have removed myself from that group. She was jealous, and very toxic. Blessings love~


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