Ted’s Tip No. 200

On this the 5th anniversary of the release of my book Style & Simplicity, as well as the 200th ‘Ted’s Tip’ written every Monday on my daily blog post. I love how the two lined right up, falling on the same day! My tip today is super simple. Be kind. Show empathy. Treat people as you would like to be treated. It all comes down to loving one another.

In honor of the day I would love to give away 5 of my books along with some other Watson Kennedy treats. It will be 5 parcels filled with goodness. Leave a comment on what your favorite act of kindness is that you like to share. Next Monday I will combine all the names and draw the 5 winning folks. There is no limit to how many times you can enter. I want to be overwhelmed by the sharing of your acts of kindness. Much, much love to you all, Ted

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  1. Dianne Ballentine

    The kindness of truly looking someone (stranger,friend,family) in the eye and listening. Taking the extra time for someone else is a kindness to them and yourself.

  2. I randomly, occasionally text family & friends asking them ‘do you know how…’ special, beautiful, wonderful, fabulous, etc. they are [?] and then ‘please don’t forget’.

  3. Robin in Umbria

    Hello Ted,
    All the way from deep Umbria, I respond to friends by hand written letters. I also wrote to you a few years ago, because I find your posts so enchanting.
    Wishing you all the best, Robin in Umbria

  4. I’d like to share a kindness that was shown me. My mother was in a nursing home and near the end of her final illness. Our family was at her bedside. The daughter of another resident there saw what our situation was and brought us dinner. Nothing fancy, just sandwiches and soda, but so kind and such a comfort at a difficult time – and the kind of kindness that one never forgets. Thank you forever, Susan!

  5. In the course of a week, I interact with many people who are there to serve: deli, coffee, cheese shop, flower shop, and so on. I ALWAYS say “Hello, how are YOU?” before getting on with the business at hand. I want these wonderful people to know they are seen and appreciated. Also, I always write a quick note of thanks to housekeeping at a hotel every day and leave a $10 bill. The hardest working people often make the least. I hope everyone who can afford to travel does this. Lastly, I keep a wooden treasure box filled with cards for every occasion that I collect and hand make. Every month, I sit down with my book of birthdays/anniversaries, select a card for the recipient, address and stamp the envelope, and store the cards in order with the list of dates in a basket by the door. Each day as I head out, I see if a card needs mailing. I hope snail mail never dies.

  6. Marion Jordan

    Hello Ted, I read your posts all the time. Really enjoy them. I live in Australia and on my bucket list is to visit your lovely store. I’ve just finished reading your latest about sharing an act of kindness. I see a lot in my work in little ways, which sometimes are the best. One comes to mind. I work in a Pharmacy and a very elderly lady came in asking for a face moisturiser. She said that I must think she was silly wanting one. Not at all I replied. Lovely that you still look after yourself. She ended up telling me she was dying and still wanted to look nice. Holding back my tears I asked if she had family. None, she was alll alone. I asked if I good give her a hug. Her face lit up and as we hugged I thought she musn’t have any physical contact. How sad I thought. Never underestimate the power of a hug.I don’t know if this is what your after. All the best. Regards Marion Jordan.

  7. I love your blog and your stores, Ted! I have brought friends gifts from your shops when traveling to Seattle from Dallas. I consider that “ showing love”!

  8. Hi. I am watching you on Quintessence right now and LOVE your use of green. We have a summer cottage in Ohio and as I make plans for renovation this summer, there are so many wonderful ideas shining straight from your NY home that are inspiring me. Thank you for sharing! OK, act of kindness- I like the little things and here is the perfect example: bringing your neighbors trash can in for them. Thanks again, XO Jen

  9. Julie Hermann

    listening….. really listening to someone, not thinking about what I am going to say next…just being present for them in that moment.

  10. Leslie Brown

    I love to listen carefully, noting the special likes, hopes, treats of friends and loved ones, and then surprise them later with something that shows I was listening. For friends who married a few years ago, it was a Playlist of favorite songs. For a friend, it was a themed pair of socks. For my sister, it was a piece from your shop with a crown on it. She thinks she’s The Queen!

  11. McCrite Cheryl

    My act of kindness is checking in with friends – that connection that strengthens friendships. Making a call, going to lunch, cooking a meal…that contact to let someone know they are being thought about.

  12. Robin in Umbria

    Treat all my neighbors kindly.

  13. Linda Cunha

    You said it when you said treat others as you yourself would like to be treated. I feel kindness when someone in a store, where ever smiles at me. I always try to smile at others and to me that is a way to express kindness.

  14. Suzanne Botts

    Be present for each person you meet in your daily round. Smile, say hello , be approachable, look directly into each person’s eyes intentionally, listen, let your souls speak even though it makes yourself so vulnerable.

  15. Smile at everyone.
    You don’t know what battles they are fighting.

  16. Sabrina Phillips

    Hello Ted! I love this idea. My favorite act of kindness is to pay rapt attention when someone is talking to me. To respond thoughtfully and ask questions. Paying attention is so rare these days, and is an act of kindness in itself . If a person has something to say to me, I do them the kindness of paying close attention to what they would like to share with me. What better way to be fully in the moment and make a connection with another?

  17. Simply hold the door open … it’s amazing how this brings a smile to someone passing through ; )

  18. Ann Roosth Melamed

    I try to be very conscious of kindness toward the elderly and the very young. So often these important people are made to feel irrelevant, so I make a conscious effort to actively listen to what they have to say, making eye contact, reserving judgment, offering carefully considered solutions instead of platitudes or dismissive comments.

  19. Ann Roosth Melamed

    I try to be very conscious of kindness toward the elderly and the very young. So often these important people are made to feel irrelevant, so I make a conscious effort to actively listen to what they have to say, making eye contact, reserving judgment, offering carefully considered solutions instead of platitudes or dismissive comments.

    Also-I LOVE this book, and I look forward to your daily posts and Instagram. Best wishes from Texas.

  20. It was was a simple thing really. There was a woman taking a picture of her husband and two sons at the grocery store in front of a beautiful flower display. I asked her if she wanted me to take the picture. It turns out she didn’t speak english and looked to her husband for confirmation. Big smiles from everyone when mom was in the photo too.

  21. Gwen McMartin

    Sharing time with an elder, listening to their stories and appreciating their wisdom.

  22. Gwen McMartin

    Always remembering to be kind and appreciative of people who are there for you in their workspace.

  23. This bit of Marie Kondo-ish advice has guided me daily with startling results:

    In your every day encounters, have your words spark joy.

    Keep that phrase in the back of your mind and it will lift you to a new level of interaction with everyone around you.

  24. Linda Cunha

    Kindness is sometimes just giving someone a compliment and seeing how that makes them happy.

  25. Kindness is the smooth, cool lubricant of life!

  26. Hi Ted-
    My daughter Sophie and I sometimes like to go up to strangers sitting alone and ask if we can sit with them.
    They always say yes and we have met some of the most wonderful people. It brings joy into our lives.

  27. I love to feed people. I volunteer at our local food kitchen, and I make meals for friends who are experiencing hard times…or good times-welcome, baby! I bake bread all the time, two loaves, one to share with my family and one to give away.

  28. I think a smile and a kind word always go a long way. I love to feed people, too! A nice meal, shared among friends, can change the world.

  29. I’ve been trying to leave a comment, but not sure they are posting! I have a disabled non-verbal son, and it warms my heart when people acknowledge him with kindness. I always try to smile and greet those who with disabilities and their caregivers. Trust me, it means the world!

  30. I always try to take the time to “see’ the people in my life who are being helpful. Whether it is the housekeeper in a hotel hallway or the checker in the grocery checkout line, everyone you encounter deserves to know that their work matters and that they are appreciated. It lways irks me when I se people walking past a hotel housekeeper or a gorcery worker without even acknowledging them. IAsmile and a hello, a thank you for their hard work, or the simple act of conversation can do much to brigthen someone’s day.

  31. When I bake bread, I always make two loaves…one to eat, one to share.

  32. I wanted to say that I love your blog because it is so positive and upbeat and kindness weaves a theme through it. I work daily with children and youth in my “real job” not my fun blog/instagram self that shares design and such and I see the toll that “unkindness” takes on our entire society!! I “push” kindness” as you do!! One small thing that I try to do any time I’m at the grocery store is take the shopping cart for elderly people and especially those in a handicapped spot – have you ever paid attention to how far the cart returns always are from handicapped spots?? Does not make sense!!
    I check your blog everyday and love Ted’s tips!!

  33. I love to bake…cookies, cupcakes, scones or muffins. Package it up and tie it with a lovely ribbon and there you have it…a homemade, heartwarming treat to share with a friend or neighbor. It makes their day and gives me great joy.

    I so look forward to your posts.

  34. I love to bake…cookies, cupcakes, scones or muffins. Package it up, tie it with a lovely ribbon and there you have it..a heartwarming, homemade treat for a friend or neighbor. It makes their day and gives me great joy.

    I so look forward to your posts

  35. Kindness to older people is important as well. So many elderly people have lost friends and family, and may feel very much alone. Taking the time to check in with an older neighbor or to engage an older person in conversation can hlep them feel like they are still vital and a part of things,

  36. YOU WON! E-mail me your address to my e-mail at tedkennedywatson@watsonkennedy.com and a signed copy of my book & some shop goodies will be sent your way. I am currently traveling so will put those together when back in Seattle at the end of the month. Thanks for following along and cheers to daily acts of kindness! XO, Ted

  37. YOU WON! E-mail me your address to my e-mail at tedkennedywatson@watsonkennedy.com and a signed copy of my book & some shop goodies will be sent your way. I am currently traveling so will put those together when back in Seattle at the end of the month. Thanks for following along and cheers to daily acts of kindness! XO, Ted

  38. Baking banana bread for the teenage boys across the street, sharing apples and cherries from my trees with neighbors, watering plants for friends while they are on vacation, sending gift cards to my 30 year old son who lives 12 hours away, opening up my home to my siblings when they visit, giving my ‘leftover to go box’ to the homeless person next to the restaurant…there are so many ways to be kind and it always brings a smile to my face.

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