By Jackie White
You wake up one cold morning realizing it snowed and you would have to hurry up and get outside to shovel before work. It’s not a scene most of us want to wake up to. But on this particular day, you step outside only to realize someone had already shoveled you out. You are thinking this is the most wonderful gift ever, but who did it? Why would they do it? And, man are you glad they did!
On another day, you are frantically trying to find a parking space so you can get to your appointment on time. You are getting panicked when a spot opens up, but just as the spot opens up, another car wants the same spot. You hesitate and are trying to decide who is going to pop into that spot before the other and that’s when you realize the other driver is waving you into the spot. You think what? Why? And then you think that is the nicest thing ever and that random person just saved you from missing your appointment. You wave and mouth a thank you to the driver and then park your car.
Hmmm, let’s take a look at all this kindness business. What exactly is going on?
Fact #1: Are these acts of kindness we just highlighted, unusual and unexpected events? Unexpected, yes. Unusual, no. You see, random acts of kindness are committed every day. In fact, 83% of people surveyed report they do something kind for another at least once a week. Whoa, this means there are a whole lot of kind and thoughtful people out there.
Uh, how can that be? I thought everyone was out for themselves…
Fact #2: Sadly, the media give the average person a bad rap. To make news, newsworthy, hyper-focusing on the bad grabs people’s attention, so that’s what we are hearing. Now, feeding our brains that sort of information on the daily is not a great idea. You see, we all have primitive brain structures that are looking for the negative because first and foremost, our brains are looking to keep us safe from harm. The combination is not a good formula for happiness.
So, what does this have to do with random acts of kindness? I am so glad you asked…
Fact #3: Committing acts of kindness, random or otherwise does a body good. You see being kind actually reduces stress, increases self-esteem, boosts happiness levels by pumping more serotonin through your system, reduces aches and pains, increases your lifespan, and gosh darn it makes you feel good!
So, yes, what I am telling you is that you have a tool here for your Best Life Tool Box and it costs you nothing but extending kindness to others. What if just for today, you held the door for someone, or told them you liked their hair? What if you stopped at the local nursing home and visited with a few of the residents? What if brought in your neighbor’s trash cans? How much effort would any of that take? How much goodness would fill your heart? Ya, lots.
I Want you to Think: When was a time someone did something nice for you, unexpectedly or randomly? How did it make you feel? Fabulous? Grateful? Happy? Amazed? Inspired? Shoot, all good things, right?
So why aren’t you joining the ranks?
The Ranks of The Nice People: I like to call these peeps who commit all this kindness, Undercover Angels because what they do is spread love, joy, and happiness to others. In fact, most of these Undercover Angels don’t realize the impact they have on others. They just do nice stuff. Maybe it’s that “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” concept? Maybe it’s karma. Maybe it’s just someone who is just gall-darn nice. Whatever it is, I am inviting you to join the ranks of the Undercover Angels and help make this world a better place.
Jackie White has been writing about life and its ups and downs for many years. With a degree in Industrial Psychology and a life-long student of personal development she is intrigued by how each individual chooses to live their life. Jackie feels strongly that truly living your best life is imperative to attaining peace and fulfillment. SoulShine was borne of her desire to inspire and teach others to live their best life. This is her mission and her dream.