Being kind is often dismissed as a weakness. Of course, it is; we live in a competitive environment that emphasizes winning at any cost. Kind people prefer to risk being open rather than turning inward and focusing solely on their own concerns. This is a new kind of bravery —an everyday heroism to counter the general culture of cynicism.
Like mindfulness itself, kindness is a natural human quality that requires intentional action to realize it’s potential. Try it next time you are out and about. Offer a kind word or gesture to someone you meet, or to someone who works in town or serves our community. Notice what happens. From a learning perspective, you’ll see that the effects are positively cumulative. The more we practice, the better we get at it. This seems to be especially true in our most difficult moments. All of sudden, something shifts and we’ve chosen kindness instead of our habitual reaction.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
It’s easy to feel like you’re disconnected from the world — like nobody actually cares about each other or the things that matter to you. Much of what makes our lives better are the small demonstrations of care that people express through their everyday actions: the held door, help with a flat tire, a quarter for the parking meter, or even just leaving the kitchen as clean as it was found. There is no lower limit to kindness. It’s amazing how little it takes to light up someone’s life. If you’re looking for some ideas, here a great list to get your kindness juices flowing: 100 Random Acts of Kindness.
Just another example of how simple and how powerful our efforts to “Do More” can be. See our article below for even more ways to Do More: