A Random Act of Kindness
In our fast-paced society, it is easy to lose track of the things you live for.
So many burdens of society clutter our lives that it is often hard to concentrate on anything else. Our relentless routines begin to control our lives before we realize it. Constantly stressing over work and bills that the anxiety clouds our perception and you forget what you once lived for.
Your personality transforms into one that is not your own, and you become frustrated with life. I believe that kindness is one of the most important human characteristics. It is not that hard to say a simple ‘thank you,’ and yet it can really change the outlook of someone else’s day.
My sister once told me, “It takes more muscles to frown than to smile.” I have noticed that just being polite to the people around you can make the atmosphere around you more positive.
Yesterday, as I was heading to my appointment at the doctor’s office, I entered an elevator to go to the third floor where my doctor’s office is located.
As I entered the elevator, I pressed the button and waited for the door to close. I was running a few minutes late, and I was a little concerned that I would not make my appointment in time. I noticed an old man enter the building and slowly make his way to the elevator.
Instead of allowing the elevator door to close on the old man, I held the door open until the old man was able to board the elevator with me. Even though I was running late for my appointment, I went a little out of my way to help this old man. When he entered the elevator, he grinned and said, “Thank you, young woman.” Even something as small as holding the door open for the old man had a positive impact on his day.
Kindness is the single most important factor to success in my life. Building strong personal alliances, mending bruised spirits, and taking unfamiliar people by surprise are just a few of the benefits of kindness.
I feel that nearly all of the friends I have in my life I have made through being kind. No one wants to hang around people who put him or her down, call them names or mistreat them. People want to be reassured when they are going through hard times. They want to have fun and have someone to laugh with. By being kind, people are drawn to me. Many feel they can trust me with anything, and they can.
I know that when I wake up in the morning and go to school, I will be greeted with many enthusiastic. In most cases, because I am kind to others, they show the same kindness to me. This is why I have such a large group of friends who support me.
When I am sad, they make me happy. If a class or life situation is too much for me to handle, they want to be there for me. Kindness is one of the best ways I know to make lasting connections with people.
Many times in my life I have found that kindness can fix any problem one might have. Once a friend of mine got cut from her basketball team. To her, making the team was her whole life. When I found out, I called her and challenged her to a basketball match. I knew that she could easily beat me, and by doing so her confidence would be quickly recovered.
Another time I knew a girl who did badly on a test. This crushed her because she was accustomed to getting nothing, but I went over to her house: listened as she vented her frustrations, and reassured her all would be well.
I gave her a great big hug and told her what an awesome student she was. One sour grade wouldn’t ruin her life. I was genuinely kind to her out of the goodness of my heart. In both of these situations and many others, just being kind and supportive can make a huge difference.