Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Why You Need to Perform Random Acts of Kindness

  "Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”—Scott Adams Creator Of Dilbert Comic Strip

Have you ever had someone perform a random act of kindness for you?  Need some examples?

Ever had someone let you jump in front of them in line in the grocery store if you only have a few items?

Ever had someone help you with luggage or a baby carriage up a flight of stairs?

Ever had someone hold a door open for you?

Ever had the person in front of you in the drive-thru pay for your order? (This one is super cool when it happens to you!)

How did these random acts of kindness make you feel?  All 4 of the above examples have happened to me and probably many of you have experienced them too.  Personally, they made me feel lucky, grateful, happy, surprised, and renewed my faith in the kindness of strangers.

Now, have you ever performed a random act of kindness?  If you have, then you know how good it feels to make someone smile, and in all probability, feel the emotions I just listed.  I think there is no better feeling in the world to know that you have helped someone, even if in some small way.  When you perform a random act of kindness, not only does it lift your own spirit, and the recipient of your kindness, but you have also paved the way for more random acts of kindness.

We tend to treat others how they treat us.  Imagine a world where we are all kind to one another?  Yes, I'm probably ripping off John Lennon here, but he was right.

Let's just all be nicer to one another, okay?

That is why, on July 14th I'm joining the Random Acts of Kindness Celebration .  It's my friend's birthday and he wants to celebrate it in style, by inspiring us all to perform just one random act of kindness, and then share it for all to see.  Sign up, and commit to being kind to someone just for one day, and if you like the way it makes you feel, then get greedy with the feeling.  Repeat as often as possible!

If you need more convincing, here's a little inspiration for you: