"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." – Plato
We all have bad days from time to time. There's the burnt toast situation, the coffee spill on your favorite shirt, and my personal favorite, the just missed bus. Or perhaps work was hectic, and your date stood you up. Not ideal, but it’s all about perspective. If you're having a bad day, being kind to someone else can transform their mood, as well as yours. Everyone has tough days, and sometimes quite often. You can't fix someone else’s problems, but you can help them feel better, even for a minute. What's more rewarding – for them and you – than that?
This thinking extends to strangers, too. You might encounter someone who’s battling an illness, just lost a loved one, unemployed, houseless, or a host of other difficult issues. You never know what another person is dealing with, and your kindness can make all the difference. Simple acts of kindness go a long way, and they don’t have to be random. The Samaritans’ Happier Boston Campaign, which is working to make Boston a happier place, advocates making kindness intentional. They believe that acts of kindness have a ripple effect, sometimes even around the world.
When life gets busy and we feel overwhelmed with worries, we sometimes need a gentle reminder to practice what we learned in kindergarten – to be kind to others. So take a moment, or even a few seconds, to make a connection with someone, even a stranger, who might turn into a friend. Try to do something kind for at least one person every day. We can make a positive impact in their lives, and ours. Imagine if everyone did this what our world would look like. Now, doesn't that make you feel good?
Simple Acts of Kindness
- Saying, "Hello" and smiling
- Asking someone how they're doing and truly listening
- Holding the elevator
- Giving a compliment
- Thanking someone for being. Period.
- Sending an old fashioned card to a friend.
- Leaving a kind note or note of appreciation on your co-worker's desk or in your child’s lunch.
Being kind has no bounds! Share how you’re making your community a friendlier and more welcoming place below.