Kindness comes in many forms. It could be a compliment from a stranger, a surprise gift, someone taking the time to listen, donating to charity or a million other things. It is also an act that generally is completely unselfish. Not to mention you can be kind to someone you know or people you’ve never met, the environment, animals and more.
Many of us show kindness without even realising it. The same can be said of others, think of the last time you thought someone had been kind to you. Do you think they thought it such a big gesture? Maybe not. That is part of the point here too, kindness does not need to be a big gesture, the smallest things can make the biggest difference.
Make a Difference in Someone Else’s Life
I watched a TV show recently called The Lazarus Project. It is an incredible, adrenaline fuelled series with twists and turns to keep you hooked. (Spoiler alert for Season 2 ahead). It is all about time travel and the characters get stuck in an infinite time loop. Much like Groundhog Day, repeating the same weeks over and over. They discuss how hard it is and the changes they see around them with small acts.
One character discusses the fact that she would see the same man each loop. One of these times she followed him and saw that he had been taking himself off to commit suicide. She said hello to him on the next loop and he never took the same action. The fact that she had said one single word had changed his course and saved his life.
Now granted this is fiction, but you honestly have no idea what a small gesture of kindness, be it a word, a smile, surprise visit, text and so on, could make to another human being.
Showing kindness to the people you love is probably something we all do regularly. However, is it conscious? How often do we do this? Giving time and energy to friends and family can be challenging, but it could also help them immeasurably or just brighten their mood.
This act of being kind can make a huge impact on relationships. Showing love and affection, or even that you are just thinking of someone means the world to some. It will open up communication, give you things to talk about and generally help bolster the relationship you have.
Kindness Creates More Kindness
There is a phrase that makes sense here, ‘pay it forward’. The idea that when you experience kindness in some fashion, that you try your best to reciprocate. Maybe not to the person who showed you kindness, but to someone else who maybe in need or just need a boost to their day.
It seems as well that when you do something like smile at a stranger for example, they tend to smile back. Then their brain is hit with those happy chemicals and without realising they are smiling as they walk down the street. Smiling at other strangers, who have the same reaction and so on.
Kindness is Good for Your Mental Health
Being selfless and kind to others can raise your levels of neurotransmitters too. Not forgetting being kind to yourself. It all helps to get your mind in a better place, easing anxieties and worry, boosting your feeling of happiness and even lowering the effects of depression.
Warm, Fluffy Feelings
Whilst you aren’t doing this for a fanfare or a pat on the back, you will still get that lovely warm, fluffy feelings that just make you smile. That is never a bad thing!
However you chose to show kindness, whether conscious or not, it makes the world a better place for other and indeed for you too!
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