Inspiring people to practice kindness and pass it on to others
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Holding the door open for someone is something they just do in old movies, right? Guess again. Holding the door open is a polite and thoughtful act you can easily do for your family, friends and even strangers, every day. Whether you’re at school, the grocery story, at work, or at home, those around you will certainly appreciate your good manners.
How you treat others can also say a lot about you as a person. If actions really do speak louder than words, what are you telling others about yourself? Besides, everyone appreciates a polite act, like having a door held open for them. Hold a door open for someone and give them a smile. A small gesture on your part, like holding the door open for someone, will certainly brighten their day and may even turn around a bad mood.
Go out of your way whenever you can to hold a door open for others. If you are about to enter a door, and you notice that there are people behind you, hold the door open for them until all of them are inside.
Remember to hold the door open for others whenever the occasion arises.
It is easy but give a great influence to start of act of kindness! Really.
H. Syarhan, Md.,Mm from Tasikmalaya
I taught my son to do this as a youngster, now as a typically-dressed teen, it takes some people aback.
Doug B from Denver, Colorado
I hold the door for prople all the time...it aggravates me that they don't acknowledge me, as I am not a doorman but a courteous member of society.
Richard Swift from North Carolina
You are supposed to do this and it bothers me that some people think its not.
Ana from Ny
Golly, doesn't everyone do this already?
Charlie from England
Richard S. The whole point of random acts of kindness is not to expect reward when you do it. Trust me, they do notice, but most people are very busy to say anything.
Lils from Over The Rainbow
I have done this for years, and our kids picked up the habit just watching it from the wings. Niceness can be contagious!
Fred from Pennsylvania
I've been holding doors since I was a teenager. It's just automatic. I like to see the smiles and I feel like someone else may do the same for others. I've had door slammed in my face and I know the person knew I was behind them. I don't get mad I just keep holding doors anyway.
Sharon Prater from Columbus Ohio
I always say Thank You, as well as holding the door open for others. It makes me feel good. Never do something because you expect something from someone else. Little things still mean a lot.
Sonia from Charlotte, Nc
My husband always opens doors for me and for others. He even comes around the car to open my door. Some of our friends think this is silly, but we see it as simple courtesy. Of course, I always say thank you, as that, too, is a courtesy. We taught our son to do this as well, and our daughter to expect it. Now we are teaching the same manners to our grandchildren whenever we have the opportunity. Kindness doesn't have to be a big deal, it should come naturally.
Jean from Louisiana
That is very true. My Mom is trying to teach my brother to be a gentleman by holding the door for people because it is so polite. I even do it. People should do that because there isn't a lot of polite and kind people left in the world
Rachael W. from San Jacinto, Ca
Firstly, I am a little saddened that anyone would not think this was perfectly normal! I am afraid I disagree entirely with Rachael W.: there are a lot of polite and kind people in the world. Perhaps few of them live in California, though I suspect this is not the case. I spent a lot of last year variously in a wheelchair, on crutches and walking with a stick and I was heartened by how kind and thoughtful people were, offering to reach things from supermarket shelves, holding doors open, etc. I didn't have to make an exceptional effort to be thankful - I genuinely was very grateful and it was gratitude, rather than just good manners that promoted me to thank these people warmly and from the bottom of my heart. Finally, if someone is so absorbed in their own worries and troubles that they don't take the time to acknowledge your good manners or helpful acts, remember that helping someone is its own reward. You know you did it. You feel good about yourself so don't worry if your good deeds seem to go unnoticed. Trust me, they won't be ignored by those that really matter.
Paula B from Cheshire, Uk.
I have thought about the Fazio Family ever since 911. I was in NJ and met the Fazios and have never forgotten. I found the card Hold the Door For Others today and I looked up on line to find out more about the saying. God Bless all who care and Hold the Door for others. Marcia Weis Ft Myers, FL
Marcia Weis from Ft. Myers, Florida