Small Act of Kindness Gave Me Courage to Go On, Says Bipolar Woman

For someone who’d just gotten out of a psychiatric hospital for being actively suicidal, among other things, that was a heck of a random act of kindness.

I have a friend who keeps trying to get me to maintain a gratitude list. When you are that far down in the abyss, it’s hard to find anything to be grateful for. And it’s hard to imagine that there are people who are genuinely kind. They may be hard to find sometimes, but they’re out there. My psychiatrist is one. Doug is another.

I won’t take either for granted anymore.   READ MORE

You really never know how your small acts of generosity can bless someone else.  We’re told in Gaudium et Spes that we “find ourselves by making a gift of ourselves” and the Theology of the Body reminds us that the key to creating the wholeness in ourselves and the unity with others for which we all long is generous acts of self-donation.  That all sounds pretty enough, but sometimes its nice to see what a difference all this makes in real life.

What small thing can you do today to give someone the courage to face another day?

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About Dr. Greg

Dr. Gregory Popcak directs the Pastoral Solutions Institute, an organization dedicated to helping Catholics find faith-filled solutions to marriage, family, and personal problems. Together with his wife, Lisa, he hosts More2Life Radio. He is the author of over a dozen books integrating psychological insights with our Catholic faith. For more info about books, tele-counseling and other resources, visit