Do you realize that our communities these days push us to ‘mind your own business’ and ‘she is not nice, don’t be nice to her too’? I personally think we cannot accept that as a general mindset in our daily lives. I always believe in ‘you get what you give’. So what’s the point of treating people bad? If you want to get what you give, then give good.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, an expression, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest accomplishment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Kindness is more than deeds. It is anything that lifts another person up. I sometimes send a message to my old friend, just to chit-chat about how life’s going, what’s happening, or even just to talk about the weather or the social issues. Another simple small act of caring is giving a seat to older people in the train, picking up one's trash and put it in the garbage can, or just compliment your friends honestly. You never know how powerful these small acts are. People might be having a rough day, but when you give a small act of kindness, it will make them feel better.
And do you know? An act of kindness can decrease stress, lower the blood pressure, make you feel good, and also inspire more kindness! One simple tiny kindness can make you feel happier, make you feel good, and also make the other person feel happier too! Imagine how the world can be if this other person is giving kindness to another one, and so on, like a chain reaction. It is beautiful, isn’t it? Every time I talk to my old friends, or I give a seat to older lady in the train, I feel so good. It boosts my happiness. The kind of happiness that you can’t buy.
So today, give someone a hug. Smile at a stranger while waiting your coffee. Ask how your old friend is doing. Anything to lift another person up. Because wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. Start now, start from yourself ladies!
Kadya Kirana - Yogyakarta