“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you have.” – Jim Rohn
One of my favorite days this month is Random Act of Kindness Day (February 17th). If you have experienced the high of giving something of yourself, then you understand why this is such a great initiative.
A random act of kindness, especially to a stranger, actually boosts endorphins and makes you feel good about yourself and the world. It often has a snowball effect – similar to the concept of “paying it forward”. When you make someone else feel good, it’s a natural inclination for them to pass it on. In this way, random acts of kindness improve wellbeing – whether you’re the giver or the receiver. Kind and unexpected gestures can completely change someone’s day and perspective. In a way, kindness is magical.
It doesn’t have to be a big gesture – it can be as simple as paying someone a compliment, buying someone a cup of coffee, helping someone carry a grocery bag, sending someone a hand-written note or supporting a family member. The most important part of the equation is doing something for someone with no other reason or intention than making someone smile, or be happy.
So often, my patients offer me random acts of kindness, and they often do not realize it. It can be a kind word, a smile or a personal offering,,,however, what they may not realize is every one of them warms my heart. The fact they took time out of their day to make me feel good is humbling. It surprises me every time – and definitively puts a smile on my face. The best part is it makes me want to continue to give back.
Practicing a random act of kindness does not have to be the one day out of this month. Try it anytime – you will be surprised the impact it has on you and the person that receives it.