Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.Jackie Chan
Often we believe that to live a fulfilling life we must achieve some great targets that may lead us to the front covers of the magazines or newspapers that said we often forget that a meaningful life is made up of a series of daily acts of kindness. These little acts of humanity together make significant life.
I believe, if you make even one person smile during your day, no matter he/she is your loved one or a stranger, your day has been a worthwhile one.
How to Cultivate Kindness?
There are several ways through which you can cultivate kindness in your life. Some of them are as follows:
1. Random Acts of Kindness
- Let someone cut you in line at the grocery store
- Offer your seat to someone in need
- Look after someone’s children
- Sing happy birthday to someone over the phone
- Give out cakes or pastries on the street
- Donate blood
- Tell someone they look nice
- When you go to pick up a coffee, get one for a colleague
- Visit an elderly person and listen to them talk
- Hold a door open for someone
2. The Power of Touch
A hug, a pat on the back, butterfly kisses, a high-five and even a kiss on the cheek can have an amazing effect upon others. Touch (in all of its forms) can encourage, support, motivate, uplift and can even heal others.
Always smile at others. A well-placed smile can instantly lighten up a room, promote laughter, brighten a mood, and can soften the hardest of hearts. When we smile at others, they reciprocate it with another smile and eventually, the whole world becomes a bit brighter and a bit happier.
4. Choose Kind Words
Always be kind with your words. Kind words are things like an honest compliment, praise, humour, flattery, and positive affirmation that can have an amazing impact on others. As they say, “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up”
5. Be Good at listening
When we listen to others, we send a message that we care about them and it really matters to us what they have to say. Most of the people just listen to reply but only a few listen to understand. So be a good listener. “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
Benefits of Kindness
There are certain benefits of cultivating kindness in our lives. Some of them are discussed below.
1. It feels good
Studies have found that acts of kindness are linked to increased feelings of wellbeing. Helping others can also improve our support networks and encourage us to be more active. This, in turn, can improve our self-esteem. There is some evidence to suggest that when we help others, it can promote changes in the brain that are linked with happiness.
2. It creates social bondings
Helping others is thought to be one of the ways that people create, maintain, and strengthen their social connections.
For example, volunteering and helping others can help us feel a sense of belonging, make new friends, and connect with our communities and it can also help reduce loneliness and isolation.
3. More Optimism in life
There is some evidence that being aware of our own acts of kindness, as well as the things we are grateful for, can increase feelings of happiness, optimism and satisfaction.
Doing good may help you to have a more positive outlook about your own circumstances.
4. Make the world a happier place
Acts of kindness have the potential to make the world a happier place. An act of kindness can boost feelings of confidence, being in control, happiness and optimism.
They may also encourage others to repeat the good deeds they’ve experienced themselves – contributing to a more positive community.
5. The more you do for others, the more you do for yourself
The benefits of helping others can last long after the act itself, for those offering kindness, and those who benefit. This, in turn, can improve our self-esteem.
So let’s show a bit more compassion and courtesy that define humanity.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.Mark Twain