You’ve heard heartwarming stories of waiters or waitresses paying the tab for servicemen, patrons surprising their server with a larger than expected tip, or people paying the tab for the person behind them in line. All random acts of kindness done with no motivation other than changing the tone of someone else’s day and of course, enjoying the feeling of knowing they did just that. Their only hope is that the one on the receiving end will pay it forward and do something nice for another.
Such acts don’t have to hit your wallet though; simple acts of no monetary value can make a difference too. Holding the door open for someone, giving that busy mom your shopping cart to save her a few minutes or walking an elderly neighbor’s dog on a hot day are all simple ways to spread kindness to others. These simple acts can inspire others and may just make someone’s bad day a little bit better.
We are all so busy with our own lives and packed schedules that we may not think about the fact that something so simple could make a difference. Kindness can be contagious. Just think, if you did something as simple as open the door for someone and inspired a chain reaction-that’s a lot of people just a little happier and a lot of days changed.
We do live in a society where many people are consumed with the stresses of their daily lives to the point that it doesn’t occur to them that something so small could have any effect. On the other side of that, many don’t realize that a small act could have a positive impact on their bad day until it does. It reminds people that there is still kindness in the world and that maybe their day isn’t so bad after all.
Performing random acts of kindness reminds us of what is possible with a little compassion. You become an inspiration to others of their own potential to change someone’s day. It’s a simple way to inspire love and kindness in others. When our children witness us doing good in the world, they are taught gratitude, compassion, love, and unity. They grow up knowing the world is a bigger place than just what surrounds them on a daily basis. This is something that can be lost on a child of today’s era of instant gratification.
When someone is coming from a place of generosity without any expectation or reward in return, the realization that they are not powerless to help others and that they are more united than they ever thought can have a profound impact on how they view the world. Now isn’t that a wonderful lesson to teach our children and grandchildren.