Updated: Feb 7
Kindness is one of the greatest gifts that we can give to another human being, and it doesn't have a cost to give. The more we can be kind to others, the more we become caring and compassionate individuals.
The more we can better ourselves through showing love, kindness and compassion to our fellow man, the more we serve to better the world as well. Kindness is the gift that keeps on giving.
When you are kind to someone, it can change their whole day, and their outlook on life. Even if it is a small kindness like holding a door for someone, or bending down to pick up something that was dropped, people will appreciate it.
There are bigger ways to show our kindness too. We can donate time, money or supplies to a charity cause, like the war victims in the Ukraine. We can make a meal for someone who needs it. We can donate coats to a homeless shelter in the winter. We can volunteer to help children or the elderly.
As our children grow up, we can teach them to be kind people as well. We can teach them the spiritual gift of giving love, time and money to other people who are in need. We can show them that there are small, kind things that they can do every day for someone.
Showing gratitude is one form of kindness that even children can practice. They can thank their teachers and classmates for doing nice things for them. They can make small gifts for other people, or spend time with relatives helping around the house.
Kindness is so powerful, and it takes only our time to give. The more we practice individual kindness, the more it can grow into global kindness.
According to Mental Health UK,
Kindness should be built into business decisions, government policy, and other official systems in a way that supports everyone’s mental health and also reduces discrimination and inequality. That can start with individual commitments to showing kindness in our words and our actions.
Kindness helps to build a sense of community and brings people together. When people volunteer together, it can create a sense of kinship, and helps people to make new friendships with people with similar values and interests. Creating this type of community is something that many charity organizations do quite well.
If you are looking to pay it forward with kindness, you can look for charity groups in your community to volunteer. You could go to a soup kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, a homeless shelter, animal shelter, or work for Big Brothers or Big Sisters, to name just a few.
Many of these organizations help to create a sense of community for those who are less fortunate, and helps to make kindness given from their volunteers to go a long way.
Giving is good for your soul.
According to The Mayo Clinic,
Kindness has been shown to increase self-esteem, empathy and compassion, and improve mood. It can decrease blood pressure and cortisol, a stress hormone, which directly impacts stress levels. People who give of themselves in a balanced way also tend to be healthier and live longer. Kindness can increase your sense of connectivity with others, which can directly impact loneliness, improve low mood and enhance relationships in general. It also can be contagious.
With so many wonderful benefits to kindness, this is a value that we should be teaching our kids every day, for sure! This way, they can grow up to be kind and compassionate people who make the world a better place.
I hope that in some small way, you can find a way to show someone kindness and compassion today. It makes the world a better place with every smile and helping hand that we offer to someone else!
Then, we can hope that the person that we have done something kind for will 'pay it forward' and do something kind for someone else too! This way, we really have created a gift that keeps on giving, long after we have given it.