Last week a group of us explored the idea and actually put into action, spreading kindness. Just by becoming aware of kindess that was given to us and then giving it to others we changed over 8,000 people’s week. Pretty amazing.
I have always made it my mission to spread kindness. Whether I was in a grocery store, putting a shopping cart back where it belongs or just telling someone thank you. Not only will this make you feel good all over (and we like those feelings), but it will make the person you are directing your action to, feel good too.
Somewhere along the way, we have forgotten to be kind.
What happened? It is like smiling. Did you know it takes more muscles to frown then it does to smile? So why aren’t we all smiling all the time? The same holds true for kindness. Being nice to someone on the telephone or in person is pretty darn easy. My experience has shown me “killing someone with kindness” works every time.
Think about those poor customer service folks. Chances are if you are contacting them, something has gone wrong for an order or a delivery. So what do we do? We take our irritation and frustrations out on another human being. Why? Because we are only looking at our own perspective. And there lies the key! Stop looking at you. Start looking at others and open your eyes. It’s amazing.
We all know people who spread their anger to the world. The one’s who are never satisfied with anything. The ones that we cower to ask the question, how was it? The ones where it is never good enough.
These unhappy individuals have forgotten how to be a human. Maybe circumstance or their upbringing or some dark event has happened in the life, but I still challenge you all to be kind.
A few years back, almost tody’s exact date, I was told about a major life-changing health challenge. It was not good news. But I took every day as one step, and actually made a point in the hospital and when I was testing to make someone else’s day better. These poor workers see sick, unhappy, frustrated and frightened people all day long. As someone who was in that position, I had a choice. Be the grumpy gal, or just take each day as it comes and let my sun shine.
Guess what? The sunshine won out.
So if today, or tomorrow or even next week you can be a bit kinder, I promise you will have a whole new perspective on life. You will feel happier and healthier. As a famous song said it, “sunshine, on my shoulders, makes me happy” Your sunshines is kindness and it’s a gift you can give for a lifetime.