Back in 2006 when Mayor Keith Summey signed the first proclamation for Say Something Nice Day in North Charleston, I had no inkling that this simple idea would one day circle the globe. We were not the first to proclaim the virtues and benefits of just saying a kind word. The Hebrew prophet prayed, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you, Oh Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” Centuries later the Apostle Paul said, “Be ye kind one to another.”

As rage is on the uptick in our society, it would be good to remind ourselves to just be kind. Say a kind word to the next person you meet and the next and the next.

It is a simple idea. Perhaps that is why it is so difficult. The easiest and most appreciated words are “Please“” and “Thank you.”

As I was walking to Baggage Claim in the Charleston Airport after a flight from Nashville, a stranger only a few years younger than I took notice of my resting for a moment and offered assistance. A man and his wife from Ridgeville rescued my bag from the carousel. When I thanked them, the man said, “This is Charleston.” What a wonderful reputation for a city to have. Simple acts of kindness leave a lasting impression.

My son and daughter-in-law met me and we drove to Chick-fil-a to pick up a sandwich on the way home. Although it was late, we were met by a cheerful, smiling server.

To my surprise and joy, I have read web post from around the world about Say Something Nice Day These make me hopeful. A recent Gallop Poll found that 47% of Americans believe that our morals are in decline.

I think we can change that for the better. When you are wondering how to respond in a particular situation, just say something nice, encouraging, uplifting, and helpful. You may not see the results, but your kindness will be remembered.