Have YOU Thanked a Stranger Lately?

A thank you is all it takes.

To make a stranger feel seen.

A simple gesture of gratitude for another’s kindness can make a difference in someone’s entire day; someone’s entire week.

Holding a door, giving a compliment, laughing at a silly mistake, offering to pay for a coffee, or thanking a frazzled cashier.

Smiling in the direction of someone passing by, sharing common ground, offering assistance, or just listening.

Might be the difference.

The difference in whether someone feels like they are invisible, ignored, or is appreciated.

The line between feeling isolated or feeling acknowledged.

A thank you is all it takes.

To show someone that they are worth the life they are living, whatever battle they are fighting and that you are grateful to them, for that second.

Because that second?

Might have just saved their life.

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39 Responses to Have YOU Thanked a Stranger Lately?
  1. Galit Breen
    September 26, 2011 | 5:49 am

    So true, and such a great reminder!

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:50 pm

      Thanks Galit.
      Sometimes I need a reminder to get out of my bubble and smile.

  2. Jenn@Fox in the City
    September 26, 2011 | 7:20 am

    It truly is as simple as making eye contact with someone and smiling! Hopefully we all make bigger effort to be kind to all those we encounter.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:50 pm

      except the crazies.
      don’t make eye contact with the crazies.

  3. Alison@Mama Wants This
    September 26, 2011 | 7:29 am

    The little things do matter, don’t they? Wonderful reminder.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:49 pm

      they really do.
      they can save someone.

  4. imperfectmomma
    September 26, 2011 | 8:51 am

    So true. The little things do matter. I always try to give a smile or say hello. You just never know

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:49 pm

      You’re right you never know.
      Many strangers made my day brighter when I was struggling with PPD.

  5. Julie @ mamamash
    September 26, 2011 | 10:11 am

    Mama raised us to say please, thank you, ma’am and sir always. Manners are important! I make sure when I’m in public to always treat service personal with kindness, even if they’re total asshats.

    It’s important to thank non-strangers too. Thank you for being my friend. 🙂

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:48 pm

      THANK YOU for being my friend Julie.
      xoxooxxo

  6. Paulette
    September 26, 2011 | 10:29 am

    All too true! The little things matter everyday. =)

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:47 pm

      Hey.. you know what?
      THANK YOU Paulette.
      For visiting me every day.
      I appreciate it more than you know!

      • Paulette
        September 30, 2011 | 9:33 am

        Late in seeing this reply, sorry for that. =D You’re so welcome!

  7. MommaKiss
    September 26, 2011 | 1:13 pm

    I was little when a stranger helped our family one year with a Christmas grocery card. They were in front of us in line, saw our food stamps (they were plain view back then – no ‘credit card’ looking things)…and then before we knew it, the cashier gave us a store voucher…talk about humbling (to my mom, especially). Anyway. I taught me to never underestimate the power of kindness. I thank our cleaning crew at work. People picking up the trash at an event. If I’m on a walk, the police officer at a cross walk. Goes a very long way. Paying it forward, I hope.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:47 pm

      This is a fantastic story.
      I am so glad that someone helped you.
      Man I wish there were still stories like this.
      Not so much anymore.

  8. Mark
    September 26, 2011 | 1:28 pm

    I do it all the time. Thanks for asking.
    See, I just did it again! I can’t stop!
    m.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:46 pm

      hahahahaha.
      this made me laugh so hard.

      Also?
      I had no doubt that you were grateful.
      Not one.

  9. Leigh Ann
    September 26, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    This is so true, friend. We never know what’s going on in someone else’s life, and good actions like you describe not only benefit them, but they benefit us as well. It feels good to be nice! It makes me feel good to smile at people, hold open the door for them, and look the cashier in the eye and thank her genuinely, because she probably doesn’t get a lot of that.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:44 pm

      You know this!!
      You wrote about never knowing what is going on in another persons life.
      You know all about it.

  10. Bridget
    September 26, 2011 | 4:42 pm

    You are absolutely right! I tried hard this past week to thank everyone who cared for my son while he was in the hospital. I even apologized when he was crabby to one nurse. The nurse said,”it’s ok-we see people at their worst.” His reply made me glad I had been nice (most of the time) because I bet they get too much not-nice.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:44 pm

      I really hope your son is ok!!!

  11. Hopes@Staying Afloat!
    September 26, 2011 | 6:03 pm

    It’s always about the little things isn’t it? I make sure to thank people all the time. People don’t HAVE to be kind, they CHOOSE to be. And kindness should always be acknowledged. We are trying to teach our boys the same thing. In fact one of Buggy’s first words after mama and dada was DA-DOO “Thank You”.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:42 pm

      You are sooo right!
      People don’t have to be kind, they choose to.

  12. Amber
    September 26, 2011 | 7:00 pm

    I always make sure I thank the cashiers and the greeters. Also when someone stops their car and let us cross I always wave. I’ve taught the kids to do the same. I’ve told them that you may be the one thing that turns someone bad day into a good one.
    Great post.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:42 pm

      The Walmart greeters must love you!!!
      They love to chat! lol

  13. Jessica
    September 26, 2011 | 7:00 pm

    I have a post written about the importance of saying thank you online. But it’s really not as sweet as this post is.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:41 pm

      You are so wonderful to say that!
      I’m very interested in your post!

  14. Kimberly
    September 26, 2011 | 7:23 pm

    This is so SO SO true.
    The little things that people did for me during my rough times truly made a difference.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:40 pm

      You’ve got it!
      AND for me it mattered even more because I kept my depression a secret for so long.

  15. Robin @ Farewell, Stranger
    September 26, 2011 | 10:03 pm

    Every single time. I make a huge effort to thank people for the things they do, especially the little ones. Judging by some people’s reactions I sadly suspect it’s unusual to be thanked.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:40 pm

      so many people are so used to being treated poorly that a thank you is out of the ordinary.
      That is why I make an effort to say it.

  16. Rach (DonutsMama)
    September 26, 2011 | 10:08 pm

    It’s the little things. I try to smile and be friendly. I know a lot of the time I’m not–I’m frazzled, in a hurry, tired. But when I do take the time to smile or say thank you, it’s wonderful to see the other person’s face light up. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll try to do better. 🙂

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:39 pm

      We all forget to say thank you.
      We’re all busy.
      I have to remind myself a lot.

  17. Kimberly
    September 26, 2011 | 10:51 pm

    This is so so true. It’s those little things, those small seconds that can really make a difference in someone’s day.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:38 pm

      And possibly change them or their life.

  18. Lady Estrogen
    September 27, 2011 | 11:01 am

    Lovely… so true.
    Manners are so important – and help us stay connected with each other, even if we’re strangers.
    People need more of it.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:33 pm

      You got it sister!
      Our world is cold.

  19. Sweaty
    September 29, 2011 | 7:08 am

    So true. Such a simple gesture, yet can be life-changing.

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 2, 2011 | 9:02 am

      You know it!
      thanks for visiting Sweaty one.

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Have YOU Thanked a Stranger Lately?

A thank you is all it takes.

To make a stranger feel seen.

A simple gesture of gratitude for another’s kindness can make a difference in someone’s entire day; someone’s entire week.

Holding a door, giving a compliment, laughing at a silly mistake, offering to pay for a coffee, or thanking a frazzled cashier.

Smiling in the direction of someone passing by, sharing common ground, offering assistance, or just listening.

Might be the difference.

The difference in whether someone feels like they are invisible, ignored, or is appreciated.

The line between feeling isolated or feeling acknowledged.

A thank you is all it takes.

To show someone that they are worth the life they are living, whatever battle they are fighting and that you are grateful to them, for that second.

Because that second?

Might have just saved their life.

Thank you for SharingTweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Share on FacebookEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on Tumblr

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39 Responses to Have YOU Thanked a Stranger Lately?
  1. Galit Breen
    September 26, 2011 | 5:49 am

    So true, and such a great reminder!

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:50 pm

      Thanks Galit.
      Sometimes I need a reminder to get out of my bubble and smile.

  2. Jenn@Fox in the City
    September 26, 2011 | 7:20 am

    It truly is as simple as making eye contact with someone and smiling! Hopefully we all make bigger effort to be kind to all those we encounter.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:50 pm

      except the crazies.
      don’t make eye contact with the crazies.

  3. Alison@Mama Wants This
    September 26, 2011 | 7:29 am

    The little things do matter, don’t they? Wonderful reminder.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:49 pm

      they really do.
      they can save someone.

  4. imperfectmomma
    September 26, 2011 | 8:51 am

    So true. The little things do matter. I always try to give a smile or say hello. You just never know

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:49 pm

      You’re right you never know.
      Many strangers made my day brighter when I was struggling with PPD.

  5. Julie @ mamamash
    September 26, 2011 | 10:11 am

    Mama raised us to say please, thank you, ma’am and sir always. Manners are important! I make sure when I’m in public to always treat service personal with kindness, even if they’re total asshats.

    It’s important to thank non-strangers too. Thank you for being my friend. 🙂

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:48 pm

      THANK YOU for being my friend Julie.
      xoxooxxo

  6. Paulette
    September 26, 2011 | 10:29 am

    All too true! The little things matter everyday. =)

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:47 pm

      Hey.. you know what?
      THANK YOU Paulette.
      For visiting me every day.
      I appreciate it more than you know!

      • Paulette
        September 30, 2011 | 9:33 am

        Late in seeing this reply, sorry for that. =D You’re so welcome!

  7. MommaKiss
    September 26, 2011 | 1:13 pm

    I was little when a stranger helped our family one year with a Christmas grocery card. They were in front of us in line, saw our food stamps (they were plain view back then – no ‘credit card’ looking things)…and then before we knew it, the cashier gave us a store voucher…talk about humbling (to my mom, especially). Anyway. I taught me to never underestimate the power of kindness. I thank our cleaning crew at work. People picking up the trash at an event. If I’m on a walk, the police officer at a cross walk. Goes a very long way. Paying it forward, I hope.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:47 pm

      This is a fantastic story.
      I am so glad that someone helped you.
      Man I wish there were still stories like this.
      Not so much anymore.

  8. Mark
    September 26, 2011 | 1:28 pm

    I do it all the time. Thanks for asking.
    See, I just did it again! I can’t stop!
    m.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:46 pm

      hahahahaha.
      this made me laugh so hard.

      Also?
      I had no doubt that you were grateful.
      Not one.

  9. Leigh Ann
    September 26, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    This is so true, friend. We never know what’s going on in someone else’s life, and good actions like you describe not only benefit them, but they benefit us as well. It feels good to be nice! It makes me feel good to smile at people, hold open the door for them, and look the cashier in the eye and thank her genuinely, because she probably doesn’t get a lot of that.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:44 pm

      You know this!!
      You wrote about never knowing what is going on in another persons life.
      You know all about it.

  10. Bridget
    September 26, 2011 | 4:42 pm

    You are absolutely right! I tried hard this past week to thank everyone who cared for my son while he was in the hospital. I even apologized when he was crabby to one nurse. The nurse said,”it’s ok-we see people at their worst.” His reply made me glad I had been nice (most of the time) because I bet they get too much not-nice.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:44 pm

      I really hope your son is ok!!!

  11. Hopes@Staying Afloat!
    September 26, 2011 | 6:03 pm

    It’s always about the little things isn’t it? I make sure to thank people all the time. People don’t HAVE to be kind, they CHOOSE to be. And kindness should always be acknowledged. We are trying to teach our boys the same thing. In fact one of Buggy’s first words after mama and dada was DA-DOO “Thank You”.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:42 pm

      You are sooo right!
      People don’t have to be kind, they choose to.

  12. Amber
    September 26, 2011 | 7:00 pm

    I always make sure I thank the cashiers and the greeters. Also when someone stops their car and let us cross I always wave. I’ve taught the kids to do the same. I’ve told them that you may be the one thing that turns someone bad day into a good one.
    Great post.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:42 pm

      The Walmart greeters must love you!!!
      They love to chat! lol

  13. Jessica
    September 26, 2011 | 7:00 pm

    I have a post written about the importance of saying thank you online. But it’s really not as sweet as this post is.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:41 pm

      You are so wonderful to say that!
      I’m very interested in your post!

  14. Kimberly
    September 26, 2011 | 7:23 pm

    This is so SO SO true.
    The little things that people did for me during my rough times truly made a difference.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:40 pm

      You’ve got it!
      AND for me it mattered even more because I kept my depression a secret for so long.

  15. Robin @ Farewell, Stranger
    September 26, 2011 | 10:03 pm

    Every single time. I make a huge effort to thank people for the things they do, especially the little ones. Judging by some people’s reactions I sadly suspect it’s unusual to be thanked.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:40 pm

      so many people are so used to being treated poorly that a thank you is out of the ordinary.
      That is why I make an effort to say it.

  16. Rach (DonutsMama)
    September 26, 2011 | 10:08 pm

    It’s the little things. I try to smile and be friendly. I know a lot of the time I’m not–I’m frazzled, in a hurry, tired. But when I do take the time to smile or say thank you, it’s wonderful to see the other person’s face light up. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll try to do better. 🙂

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:39 pm

      We all forget to say thank you.
      We’re all busy.
      I have to remind myself a lot.

  17. Kimberly
    September 26, 2011 | 10:51 pm

    This is so so true. It’s those little things, those small seconds that can really make a difference in someone’s day.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:38 pm

      And possibly change them or their life.

  18. Lady Estrogen
    September 27, 2011 | 11:01 am

    Lovely… so true.
    Manners are so important – and help us stay connected with each other, even if we’re strangers.
    People need more of it.

    • multitaskingmumma
      September 27, 2011 | 9:33 pm

      You got it sister!
      Our world is cold.

  19. Sweaty
    September 29, 2011 | 7:08 am

    So true. Such a simple gesture, yet can be life-changing.

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 2, 2011 | 9:02 am

      You know it!
      thanks for visiting Sweaty one.

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