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Recently I have been watching Netflix’s Our Planet. It has to be some of the most visually attractive footage I have ever seen. Beautifully narrated by David Attenborough and bringing valuable lessons regarding protecting our planet.

Sometimes I forget about the wider planet due to getting caught up in my own worries and troubles, but this series has really brought my life into perspective. There is so much more. There is beauty and wonder in the world if I just open my eyes to see it. There are issues which I cannot even fathom. How little am I in this world so large?

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‘Once you begin to acknowledge random acts of kindness – both the ones you have received and the ones you have given – you can no longer believe that what you do does not matter.’

Dawna Markova

Like the popular saying goes, ‘It’s the little things that matter.’ Every encounter with a stranger: every smile, every compliment, every please and thank you is worth acknowledging.

When you notice all the small things, they no longer stay so minute. They swell and grow and become an integral part of your interaction with others. They make you analyse your own behaviour, your own impressions on others. Putting a smile on your face can easily reflect onto someone else. Holding a door open for a stranger can make them believe they are worth something. Paying a compliment to a friend can give them the boost they need to get through the day.

These little things are important and deserve to be acknowledged and not taken for granted.