Yesterday, we were the beneficiaries of a random act of kindness. After a long day of renovating and painting, while still running our business, we cleaned up and collapsed on our deck to discuss our plans for supper. I haven’t been feeling well lately and we had just agreed we were both too tired to get into cooking, when we heard a car winding down our long driveway. We both groaned. We were hot, tired and not desirous of company, but we had forgotten to close the gate.
When the car rounded the last corner of the drive we immediately identified who our visitors were — dear friends, who are always welcome at our home. They trundled out of the car and ascended the stairwell carrying a large wicker basket. We greeted each other with warm smiles and hugs. After a few moments of catching up on the progress we had made on the renovation they were leaving.
The basket contained a superb summer picnic dinner for two. Inside we found crispy sesame chicken fingers, vegetarian spring rolls, grilled celery salad with tarragon dressing, deviled eggs and fresh corn bread. For dessert there were lemon-lime tarts. We ate our delicious picnic dinner with enthusiasm. Then we toasted our friends for their kindness with glasses of Riesling and made a mental note to reciprocate one day.
Being kind is a vital way of making our own lives, and the lives of others, meaningful. Being kind allows us to communicate better with others, to be more self-compassionate, and to be a positive force in other people’s lives. How to be Kind
This research provides evidence that being kind can make a difference in your well-being.
- Savor Everyday Moments
- Avoid Comparisons
- Put Money Low on the List
- Have Meaningful Goals
- Take Initiative at Work
- Make Friends, Treasure Family
- Smile Even When You Don’t Feel Like It
- Say Thank You Like You Mean It
- Get Out and Exercise
- Give It Away, Give It Away Now!
Random Acts of Kindness
Music -Song of the Sandman by Enya
Kindness matters. Every time someone does something kind for another or says something kind to another the level of consciousness in the world rises. If every day each person on Earth consciously committed an act of loving-kindness — what a wonderful world this would be.
I don’t think I’m as kind as I could be, so I’m focusing on developing more compassion and empathy for myself and others.
Do you consider yourself to be a kind person?
Have you gifted someone else with an act kindness lately?
Have you been the beneficiary of a random act of kindness recently?