What is kindness, more exactly?
I searched the definition online and found the following on Urban Dictionary:“Kindness is doing something and not expecting anything in return. Kindness is respect and helping others without waiting for someone to help one back. It implies kindness no matter what.”Smiling to strangers on the street, to people like me and you, this is a lovely act of kindness. You might brighten a rather cloudy day for a random person. Maybe they have lost faith in humanity and suddenly you appear out of nowhere and smile at them, for no reason whatsoever. You can always prove someone wrong with kindness, you can change their perception of the world with a simple genuine smile.
My mother was always a kind person, ever since I can remember life she is the same lovely, kind woman that will go out of her way to help anyone, make them feel welcome, make them feel as part of the group and feel at home. Even if we didn’t have an easy life, my mom kept on being kind even when people took advantage of her most of the time.
Some people are mean by habit, I personally believe that they do this as a way of defence. They consider that being mean will protect them from people that could do the same to them. Deep down we are all kind, it is in our nature. I refuse to believe that someones’ heart will not be touched, even the slightest bit, by a child smiling at them out of the sudden.
I imagine we forgot that simple acts of kindness, like opening doors, smiling at random people, helping someone with their heavy shopping, offering somebody to go in front of you in the queue, could change someone’s day.
We all have wonderful souls and hearts. Yes, some of us have been less fortunate than others, but by helping others we help ourselves. We should help each other more out of pure kindness and forget about any rewards.
When was the last time any of us spoke with a homeless person? They are just unfortunate people, that probably took some bad decisions at some point in their life. But don’t we all do that? We all make bad decisions, we are simply luckier than them. Please, I encourage you to take 5 minutes of your day and speak with a homeless person, you won’t believe how much it will matter to them.
I found this amazing blog, called Kindness Matters. I don’t know who the author is, I don’t get paid to link this to my blog post. I just want to share this with you, as I honestly believe it will inspire you and maybe for some of you even change your life. You can consider this my act of kindness, for everyone who will read this blog post.
Be kind, help others, smile more often, say thank you and don’t take everything for granted. Be polite, make compliments, laugh and enjoy life.
I hope you have a wonderful day and please share with us your story about kindness.