“Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give.” Unknown
Why are we kind to others? What’s the purpose? What do we get out of it?
According to various scientific studies, performing acts of kindness for others can have positive effects on our physical and mental health. While more research is needed to solidify these theories, it is evident that kindness is beneficial to our health.
Being kind is advantageous because it isn’t predicated on an “I’ll scratch your back, you scratch my back” concept. Kindness is a reward in itself. The feeling associated with carrying out an act of kindness produces enough gratification to sustain us for long periods of time.
Acts of kindness don’t need to be grandiose in nature. Simple acts such as holding the door for a stranger, writing a nice message to a friend or colleague, allowing another driver to merge ahead in traffic, picking up trash on the sidewalk, or leaving a nice tip for a waiter or waitress are just as purposeful.
We can never be too kind, compassionate, and altruistic toward each other. In the smart- phone-obsessed, social-media-driven society we are apart of, random acts of kindness are not as prevalent. We are missing the social connection that binds us because we are too distracted with those tiny screens in front of our faces.
We must not forget to take time away from the busyness of our lives to help our common man, as well as other animals that comprise our planet. We don’t need a reason or excuse to help someone else, whether they are in need or not.
We can’t neglect our loved ones either. Our partners, children, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins all appreciate kind acts from us. We can’t assume they don’t need our extra intentional acts of kindness.
Being kind is the ultimate expression of selflessness. We need to cultivate ways to move away from the self-absorbed society that we have unfortunately created.
But it’s important to remember that this is only true when we carry out these acts without expectation for reward or recognition. We possess the ability to turn kind acts into ego-boosting deceptions. We must steer clear of this irrational thinking.
Be deliberately kind for no reason, with no strings attached. Let go of the need to impress others, while making an effort to positively impact other lives.