Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
~ Mark Twain
I am so looking forward to this month! Our “Find the Kind” month is going to be full of creating great moments for others. I honestly feel as though altruism is already a strong moral of mine and something I work at practicing consistently. However, this month, my acts will be more purposeful and more regular. There are so many special people in my life that I am looking forward to giving an extra little gift of love to. And, I can’t wait to brighten the day of some strangers as well!
Technically, true altruism is defined as sacrificing something for someone other than the self (e.g. sacrificing time, energy or possessions) with no expectation of any compensation or benefits, either direct, or indirect (e.g., receiving recognition for the act of giving). However, I cannot really see how true altruism exists. Is it even possible to give to others without receiving in return? Showing kindness to others comes back ten-fold; kindness strengthens connections and relationships, brings about feelings of thankfulness and gratitude and increases ones own self esteem. And the best part is, acts of kindness often create a chain reaction. It’s simple – someone does something to make you feel good – you feel good – feeling good makes you want to do something nice for someone else. It’s my favorite equation!
This month, on top of finding fun and creative ways to bring some extra sunshine to those who cross my path, I am looking forward to investigating the benefits that kindness really bring to our lives, how volunteering might increase our own personal self esteem and how focusing on making a difference in the world can bring meaning to our lives and increase our happiness.
So, let’s begin! Yesterday I started off the challenge with one of the simplest, yet possibly one of the most impactful, acts of kindness; I told a complete stranger how great she looked! I sometimes hesitate to do this “these days” – I would hate to freak someone out by be being too forward. However, on the odd occasion that I have received one of these unexpected and unsolicited compliments, it has completely made my day! So, in the middle of the grocery store, I walked right up to a young woman and told her how much I loved her dress and how great she looked. It felt a little uncomfortable but I could practically see the woman stand a little straighter as I walked away. As for me, it made me smile too!
And today, Bella and I made some delicious muffins with just the right texture (sometimes hard to achieve in a muffin). As soon as I tasted one, I knew my Dad would love them – he is particularly fussy about muffin texture! So, we packaged a few up and brought them over for a little surprise. He enjoyed the muffin (ate one right away!) but I hope, also felt good to know we had thought of him.