“Can you recall a time somebody was kind to you? Now change the scenario and think of a time you were kind to another person. Call to mind their reaction and how you responded. Move into your heart and notice the feelings there.” — Tony Fahkry
To be kind is probably the most important value in our society because it involves loving and caring about others expecting nothing in return but the satisfaction that it brings to the soul. Being kind is an action that allows us to have a harmonious and peaceful coexistence. Some people think that a gesture of love to strangers is not worth trying as it is “insignificant”. The truth is that a simple act of kindness can give us many rewards socially and mentally due to the positive impact on us as well as the people that surround us. Subsequently, we become happier because of our acts. In addition, kindness can inspire other people to do the same for others which will later return to us as a form of self-satisfaction that allows us to improve.
By interacting with individuals with education and humanity, joy will incorporate into our lives. Helping others can make us feel good about ourselves because of the pleasure that it brings us brightening each other's day. This statement has been scientifically proven by an experiment in the “Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology” whose conclusion indicated that helping others had a modest effect on happiness. The environment that results from treating people with kindness is that gratifying.
There is no doubt that we do things that impact others. So, what is better, is to focus on what our heart dictates and do acts of good. A great example of kindness is “El Comedor Social”, which is a project that has a stand at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus that dedicates to supplying food for those university students who desaffortunly cannot afford a meal. What encourages movements like this is the empathy that communities have that they transform into an act of kindness. To make a change, we must start with us being different. An act of kindness will return to us like a chain effect. We will be treated the same way we treat others.
Being kind can help us improve ourselves. We learn a lot about life by talking to people and helping them. Also, we do not know what the future holds for us since life is like a boomerang, what goes around comes around. Kindness inherently makes you into a more honest, nice, and approachable person. These traits are useful in every single aspect of life, be it in a job, in the community, or just socializing. Because of all the things that were mentioned before a kind person can easily see their flaws and improve themselves further.
Kindness towards others can help you achieve happiness as well as the one receiving, improve yourself and be a part of the community. There is a quote from Maya Angelou that says: “At the end of the day, people will not remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” So are you ready to make an act of kindness that impacts everyone in the community?