Most times when we tune into the news it’s often filled with sensationalism, negativity and sadness but every once in a while a story comes along that makes us take notice and realize that the human spirit is really truly amazing.
In recent new, there is a story of a young father who was standing at a bus stop minding his own business when he was randomly attacked and killed. The cowards are still on the run but hopefully these despicable people will be found and are punished for this horrendous crime. Although tragic, something small but profound had come from this sad event.
The ex wife and child of this young man live thousands of miles away and desperately wanted to attend the funeral - hoping that her five year old can find some sort of closure with his dad but she can not afford to fly the distance and stay at a hotel. Their story was made public and the outpour of attention was astonishing. Thousands of complete strangers wanted to get involved and help this family. One gentleman wasted no time and immediately booked their return flight and another lady sold furniture online and with the intentions of donating the money towards their hotel accommodations and anything else they need while they are staying in her city.
An “acts of kindness” makes the world, in some small way, a better place.
We don’t have to wait until a tragedy like this happens before we do something nice for our fellow humans. The act of kindness can be expressed in countless ways: A warm hello to a stranger, allowing cars to merge into traffic or just giving a few words of encouragement to someone who needs it. These are all acts of kindness and when we reach out to help no matter how big or small the implications are far reaching.
Though it is sometimes easy to overlook opportunities to be kind – all around us there are situations in which we can be helpful, considerate, thoughtful, and friendly to loved ones, acquaintances, co workers as well as strangers. The most powerful acts of kindness are often the simplest: a word of praise, a gentle touch, a helping hand, a gesture of courtesy, or a smile - a sincere compliment can turn a person’s entire world around. Holding a door or thanking someone who has held a door for you can inspire others to practice politeness and make already kind individuals feel good about their efforts. Smiling at people you meet—even those who make you feel like frowning—can turn a dreary encounter into a delightful one, for both of you. Every kind act has a positive influence on all involved regardless of whether the act is acknowledged or not.
When we give the gift of kindness, whether in the form of assistance, concern, or friendliness, our actions creates happiness and hope that warms people’s hearts.
Kindness brings about more kindness and slowly but surely takes a positive toll on humanity.