Diane Daily – Thoughtfulness is never a wasted effort.

There’s something to be said for being considerate.

Maybe you notice that there’s not enough space for the car behind you to comfortably exit a spot, so you move up a bit.

Maybe you know that your spouse would want something from the grocery store if he or she knew you were stopping in for a few items, so you ask if you can grab something.

Maybe washing a few extra pieces of laundry (or an entire load) for someone while you’re already getting into the chore would make them happy, so you do it.

Most of the time, having a small amount of thoughtfulness to how our actions may impact those around us – whether or not we witness the impact – will be for the better. Someone will appreciate the momentum that your consideration creates, whether or not they even realize it.

How can we all be more thoughtful in our daily lives? What about considerate of our friends, colleagues, loved ones, and neighbors.

Oh, and take your shoes off when you walk around in an apartment or hotel room when others are below you. It matters.

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