Thursday 14 April 2022

Do something good today! #GiveJoyForJessica

It is 4 years today since a very special girl passed away. Jessica was the daughter of Louise who blogs at Little Hearts, Big Love and Jessica is someone that I will never forget, her smile was infectious, she was always the happiest girl and is a real inspiration to me and many others. 

Give Joy For Jessica

Jessica was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), which meant she only had half a functioning heart. Jessica had her first heart operation before she was born and she had several more after that. Louise's was one of the first blogs I remember reading and thinking I need to keep reading. Louise raised a lot of awareness about heart defects and her family and life interested me because both of my girls had open heart surgery to fix holes in their hearts. Louise also gave me the confidence to write about my girls hearts on my blog and raise awareness about heart defects.

Louise, Jessica's mum says "Jessica spread so much joy in her short life that her godmother once referred to her as a “joy carrier”. It was such a perfect description of our brave girl. She was so full of smiles, even when she was in hospital, and she made so many other people. Her strength and her joy continues to inspire us."

Jessica baking

Today I am remembering Jessica and reminding you that it's nice to be nice. Why don't you do something good today! You don't have to go out of your way to do a good deed and make someone smile, here are some simple ideas.

Hold a door open for someone.
Take in a neighbour’s parcel.
Ask a loved one about their day.
Tell someone you love their outfit or hair.
Let someone have your seat on the train / bus.
Let another driver out of a junction.
Check on someone who seems upset.
Compliment a stranger.
Donate to charity, old clothes, food or toiletries.
Make someone a cup of tea.
Telling someone they have something on their face or in their teeth.
Smile when you pass someone on the street.
Buy the person behind you a coffee.
Write a  thank-you note to someone who won’t expect it.
Swallow your pride and apologize for something you’ve done whether big or small.
Answer the phone in a cheerful voice.
Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items.
Buy a warm meal for someone in need.
Stop to help someone who looks lost.
Practice self-kindness and spend 30 minutes doing something you love today.

What will you do today to be kind and spread a little joy?


  1. Look at those adorable smiles! I try to remind my boys every single day that kindness goes a long way. You never know what another person is going through so try and be kind, helpful, and sincere.

  2. Finally managing to catch up on my blog reading - although I did spot that you shared this on the day. Thank you so much for sharing and joining in with #givejoyforjessica. I'm glad that Jessica's story helped give you the confidence to share your girls' story and that they are both doing so well now x