Random Acts of Kindness
In many cultures and religions, kindness is a valued virtue. For example, Confucius believed that practicing these "five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of the soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness."
For the Dalai Lama, kindness was a way of life, a perspective, a state of mind and being. He said there was no need for temples or complicated schools of thought, for his "brain and [his] heart are [his] temples; [his] philosophy is kindness."
From a psychological standpoint, some studies have even found that kindness is inherent to human beings, closely connected with the root of empathy in infancy.
The Greek philosopher Plato, alive during the Classical Period, once said, "Kindness which is bestowed on the good is never lost," suggesting the pricelessness of kindness and its transcendent qualities, while author Mark Twain proposed that "kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see," alluding to the power and weight of goodness to others.
This month, I propose we all participate in Random Acts of Kindness August. The concept is simple: when you see an opportunity to perform a random act of kindness, take it.
Some examples include:
- Calling a friend or relative to catch-up and check-in.
- Doing an act of service for a loved one.
- Donate part of your paycheck to charity.
- Holding the door for the person behind you.
- "Paying it forward" the next time you hit the drive through.
- Pick up trash when you see litter in public spaces (use caution and wear gloves, of course!)
- Volunteer and give back to your local community.
Random Acts of Kindness August is a way for us to all actively engage with our communities and put a little extra positivity out into the universe. Sometimes people are struggling and just need a little act of kindness to remember that Life's Great, so if you can give the gift of kindness, why wouldn't you?