“Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.”
Have you ever thought about how a single act of kindness can affect you and your surroundings? Let’s take a few minutes and think about the last time that we did something nice for a stranger. Yes a stranger. It is not too hard to do nice things for our family, friends or people who we know and interact with often. We do nice things for them, they do nice things for us, so we get even. What is more important is to do something kind for someone that we don’t know at all. It is important to do nice things without expecting anything in return. Our goal should be to be kind to whoever we interact with. Why is it so important? Let me tell you a short story.
On a rainy Tuesday morning, as I was looking for a parking spot, I saw a car pulling out of a spot right in front of Starbucks, so I waited for the car to pull out. As the car pulled out, I saw another car waiting on the other side, so I waited to see if he would park there or not, since I was not sure if he was there before me. He pointed to me that, I could park there. I thanked him and parked in the spot. I got very happy, not having to walk in the rain. The line at the Starbucks was very long. It seems like everyone comes to Starbucks on rainy and cold days. I got my green tea and sat down. I noticed the same guy, who let me to park in the perfect spot, in line. After a few minutes another older gentleman walked in and stood right behind him. As they got to the cashier the guy ordered his drink and said to cashier that this gentleman’s drink is on me too. The older gentleman was so appreciative and thanked him and they both went their way, with a smile. That simple act of kindness changed the course of my day. It brought a smile on my face to see someone so kind. He probably wanted that parking spot as much as I did, but he let me parked there. He could just bought his coffee and don’t even think about the older gentleman, but he didn’t. That day I made a promise to myself to try to do something nice for a stranger every day.
As a result of that, now, no matter how busy I am, or how late I am running, I always stop and think how in any situation I can score in kindness. If it is on a road, I let a fellow driver pass me without getting angry of them. If it is in going to market, I hold the door for others. Why? Two reasons.
- Being kind to other people makes you happy, less exhausted and more engaged. A study has shown employees who work in a kind environment feel less exhausted and more engaged. So next time when you are really tired, do something very nice.
- It Affects your surroundings and will make them happier. Kindness has healing power. Studies have shown that patients heal faster when Doctors and nurses act compassionately.
In the world today, we need more happy and kind people, so be the influence. We are getting closer to new years, so let’s make our new year’s resolution as being kinder and more compassionate, to become happier people and to influence others in becoming happy.
Stay Happy and Healthy