Aristotle defined kindness as being ‘helpful towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but that of the person helped.’
We are living in a day and age where the world is getting more angry and negative. Due to social media and greater access to information thanks to the Internet and media, we are becoming more informed of what is happening in the world and the demons that occur. There is no hiding from it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, knowledge is power and the information we have at hand allows us to form opinions. As individuals we have two choices in dealing with the negativity and help make the world just that little bit better.
1 – We can throw our hand up, get mad and feed the demon, spreading the hate and evil or;
2 – Be kind to others and be apart of a positive solution. This is the option I prefer!
Acts of kindness could be as simple as asking someone how they are and listening to them with all your attention, holding a door open and letting someone through, or simply smiling and saying good morning to a stranger you pass in a coffee shop. Your small kind act can make a big positive difference to that person. We all have issues to deal with and forget each other sometimes. We forget to be kind and conscious of other people and forget that they too could be going through hardships we do not understand.
Random acts of kindness can have a great impact on your health. It can decrease stress, lower your blood pressure, boost your own happiness, increase feel good chemicals into your blood stream (serotonin and oxytocin) and spread to others. Kindness is contagious. Someone will walk away from their positive experience from you and pass it onto another and so on.
Being kind. It costs you nothing but can be worth everything to the person (or animal) you offer it to. Start now. Keep a track of your acts and how it made you feel by helping another person out.
Remembering the manners your mother should have taught you go along way too! Please, thank you, you’re welcome!
World Kindness Day is 13th November, 2017