Do you ever wish you could make the world a better place? Do you ever read the stories in the newspaper or watch the news and feel helpless to make a difference?
You’re only one person, and one person can’t change the world, right?
You don’t have any extra money to fix what’s going on, so you can’t help, right?
You are just too busy to do anything that’s going to make a difference, right?
You think you’re too young or maybe you think you’re too old to do much of anything, right?
I know it’s hard to believe, but there is an answer to fixing many of the world’s problems, but it’s rarely used to the full extent of it’s power. What’s even more incredible is that we can all be a part of it if we so choose. So, what is this magic that I speak of?
Yes, really. It’s simply kindness that’s capable of starting a domino effect that can carry across the entire world. You can start the movement right now, right in your home, right in your little town.
In everything that you do, do it with kindness.
In everything that you say, say it with kindness.
Need some ideas? Good Housekeeping has a wonderful list of 50 Simple Acts of Kindness to get you started. Here are just a few of my favorites from the list:
4. If you are in a long line, invite the person behind you to go first.
5. Shower the pediatric wing of a hospital with $1 coloring books and $2 boxes of new crayons.
13. Send a thank-you note to the brave officers at your local police station. (Given how we carry on about parking tickets, it’s important to acknowledge the daily risks taken by the men and women on the force.)
15. Arrange to pay anonymously for a soldier’s breakfast when you see him or her dining alone.
23. Check “yes” when asked if you wish to become an organ donor — and tell your family.
31. Load extra change into the vending machine to buy the next person a Coke.
34. Forgive someone. Repeat as necessary.
50. Ask others — sincerely — what you can do to help.
Orly Wahba, founder of Life Vest Inside, gave a TED Talk on the magic and power of kindness. She’s a middle school teacher who strives to help others, including her students, see their worth, their value, to see that they matter.
Wahba wants others to understand the power of even simple acts of kindness. She’s started a project called Acts of Kindness Cards which…
“raise our awareness to what kindness looks like and help us see the opportunities that surround us on a daily basis to brighten another person’s day. Each AOK card has a different act of kindness prompting the person to perform the act and pass the card to someone else. AOK cards serve as a reminder to each of us that small things can truly make a BIG difference.”
All of us have the power to make a difference. Yes, even you! Check out the boomerang effect that can happen when we perform just simple acts of kindness for others, and be sure to have your Kleenexes handy. Don’t forget to share your recent experience with acts of kindness below, whether you were on the giving or receiving end!
“What’s so cool about kindness, what makes it so amazing, is that it’s accessible to everyone. One act of kindness can have unknown and profound consequences. It’s the extraordinary effects of ordinary acts of kindness that can in fact change this world.” ~Orly Wahba