Kindness is compassion towards others; it is doing something selfless for someone else that makes them feel good. It is showing self respect and being respectful; whether you receive or give an act of kindness, it can be just as uplifting to your soul.
Kindness is contagious, it can spread just like a wildfire, but in a beautifully positive way. I came across a program once which studied the effects of kindness on young school students.. The students were instructed to practice small acts like going up to a policeman and saying “Thank You” for your service, opening the door for someone else, buying someone’s lunch, or even a simple nod and smile to a stranger. The experiment was very successful and the results were heart warming – the recipients smiled, accepted the generous act and felt happy. Moreover, the recipients automatically felt like being kind to someone else and paying it forward. It just goes to show that if someone is kind to you, then subconsciously you will try and be kind to someone, hopefully, ha ha.
Being kind does not have to be a big grand gesture, it has nothing to do with the size of your act, no matter how small, kindness is kindness. If we attempt at making these small acts of kindness a habit and practice it towards our immediate circle of friends, we will find just like that we can spread kindness to our surroundings, and it will start to flow over to our community.
Kindness is an action that can make a person feel appreciated, relevant, and hence very happy. It reminds us that we live within a community and we should share our wealth of materialistic things, or emotional and spiritual wealth. It also serves to remind us not to be selfish or aggressive towards others; in a nutshell, to become better human beings and hopefully inspire a much more kinder, and compassionate new generation. Kindness can come in a form of a word, a compliment, a fact, or an act, or a simple hug, an acknowledgement, or even as simple as a smile. Let’s try to encourage, and promote it.
Ellen DeGeneres always ends her show with her famous saying “be kind to one another,” that, to me, is so beautiful. If only we can try and spread kindness like this, the world would be a much better, happier place.