The things you do and say about others says a lot about you.

This commentary begins at Carney Academy in New Bedford, one of the finest public elementary schools. Our daughter, Andrea Paleologos, posted a Facebook photo from the Carney Academy PTO highlighting a group of "Carney Academy Shining Stars." In the back row, two of our grandchildren stood smiling—well, at least one of them was. Side by side without bickering with one and other, Greg and Julia LaGue joined their outstanding peers.

As a proud Papou ("grandfather" in Greek), I immediately pounded the heart emoji before finding out why they were selected for that week's accomplishments.

Maggie Sophia wrote in comments that she has a visually impaired child with autism who had never played kickball before. Our grandson, Greg, and his buddy Kevin, "Guided this child to the bases and taught him how to play with the patience of angels. You should have seen him running with the boy and guiding him." She chose Greg and Kevin for the weekly award because of how proud she was of them and that their actions spoke louder than words. 

We need to share more stories like this. I just heard the Acushnet Police Department is partnering with Acushnet Creamery, who donated "Positive Citations" which will once again be handed out to youngsters "doing the right thing."

I believe if you want more kindness in the world, you have to put it there. Just like an echo, what you send out comes back.

As a talk show host, I've come to the realization that, overall, our days are better when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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