Everybody knows how to be kind, and yet so many people seem not to be capable of it. The dictionary definition of being kind is, “The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.” I have explored why being friendly, generous and considerate and helping others is very significant.
How to be kind
Everyday acts can constitute kindness. The ‘Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’ has listed some very easy and very achievable acts, which can be considered as just being polite. For example, a bless you when somebody sneezes, helping someone who’s car has broken down, holding the door open for someone, saying ‘good morning’ even if you do not know the person or even giving someone a hug. These do not take time out of your day, they do not require much effort and yet doing just one of these things is guaranteed to make someone smile. World Kindness Day November 13th every year is World Kindness Day. Introduced in 1998, it is a day “That encourages individuals to overlook boundaries, race and religion” according to the Gulf News. Regrettably, it is only observed in under 10 countries. This statistic is very disappointing, if you imagine that there are over 190 countries in this world and yet only fewer than 10 can recognise that being kind, even just for one day is important. Katherine Francke once said that, "As perfume to the flower, so is kindness to speech." Kindness is a very underrated act. It is all too easy to do and therefore can be all too easy to forget to do.
The domino effect
What goes around comes around
"No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves." Amelia Earhart (1897-1937), Aviation pioneer, author. One of the main reasons that you should perform random acts of kindness is for exactly what Amelia Earhart was talking about, centuries old and still applying now. Final word
One kind gesture to a stranger can lift their spirits and give hope to people. They then, will not hesitate to perform their own acts of kindness. It is a chain, a domino effect. Random acts of kindness, however small they feel can affect others in a way you wouldn’t have imagined.