Random Acts of Kindness

There is a video that has been circulating on Facebook that shows a young boy getting out of his mother’s car and helping an elderly lady up a set of steps. The video is quite touching and started me to thinking about random acts of kindness. A random act of kindness is a deliberate attempt by an individual to do something that is nice, thoughtful, and caring meanwhile expecting nothing in return. The boy is going out of his way to do something nice but why is another person filming the boy instead of helping also?

Why would this video go viral and why is it a story to begin with? We are called as human beings to help our fellow man and those who are not able to help themselves. Kindness should not be a rare event that ends up on the evening news but something that should be practiced daily. We should give out compliments generously to our co-workers or just random people that we come into contact with. Tell them “you look great today” or “good job” on a project that they were a part of. Small acts of kindness can change a person’s demeanor that day.

Share a smile with a random person. Smiles can be contagious and don’t cost anything. Listen to a person’s problems and try to help them. Maybe the person just needed someone to talk to. Pay it forward by buying someone’s breakfast when you are checking out at a morning coffee shop or restaurant.

Have you ever gotten up in the morning and were in a really bad mood but didn’t know why? It is just as important to be kind to yourself. Compliment yourself on something that you have achieved or treat yourself to that steak dinner that you have been craving. Our lives are cluttered with so many activities that we must stop and take a few minutes to heal our own spirit and attitudes.

Random acts of kindness should be intentional and practiced daily. We should be looking for ways to improve someone’s day or add value to their lives. I challenge you to get up tomorrow morning and look for a way to improve some random person’s day. You will be glad you did.

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