The picture above was taken in Amsterdam almost a year ago. The kid with the sign was taking part in a massive protest over the killing of George Floyd.

The Netherlands was just one of 60 countries to gather in the wake of Floyd’s death. All seven continents were represented. People gathered in crowds during a global pandemic… when it was strongly advised against or in some cases illegal to do so.

As we mark the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s tragic death, let’s remember to BE KIND. Perhaps being kind is the best way to honor his life.

Merriam-Webster Inc. defines the adjective of kind:

a: of a sympathetic or helpful nature

b: of a forbearing nature 

Kindness is like a smile. It is worth nothing until it is given away. It benefits both the giver and receiver.

In the spirit of lagniappe (a little something extra thrown in for good measure), can we do an act of kindness and/or share a kind smile today?

If you don’t want to honor George, do it for your health. The Mayo Clinic has shown that kindness increases self-esteem, empathy and improves your mood. It can decrease blood pressure and cortisol, a stress hormone, which directly impacts stress levels. People who give of themselves in a balanced way also tend to be healthier and live longer.

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