I was thinking today what a difference the little acts of kindness that we see all around us make to our lives. They are happening all the time but most of them go unnoticed. The Scouting organisation has been teaching children to do good deeds for a very long time; indeed it is a part of the law and promise. Wikipedia states that
The point is not so much the deed itself, which could be minor, but to teach the Scout to always pay attention and recognise if he could help someone.
There is research that has proven that acts of kindness not only benefit the recipient, but also the giver, by releasing neurotransmitters that give us feelings of contentment.
According to the greatergood website, we get what researchers call a ‘helpers high,’ when we help others.
The Dalai Lama once said
Compassion is when you do something good without any expectations – based on ‘the other person is also just like me.’
I came across a website called All kids can flourishwhich encourages parents to teach children to be kind. The site is worth a look. It mentions 5 myths that we need to challenge. It goes into detail for each point.
- Being kind makes you weak
- There isn’t enough to go around
- I am too busy
- Being nice to that person means that I will become popular
- Being available and giving means that I need to be a martyr
This Video, by Life Vests Inside, shows how it could be if we passed kindness on.
Finally, William Wordsworth is quoted on Brainyquote.com as saying
The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.