Everyday, we each have the power to make or break someone’s spirit. One smile or one frown can change someone’s mood in an instant.
Today, I was standing at the bus stop by myself, in the rain, and with no umbrella. I was exhausted, feeling a little sick, and not wanting to go to class in the rain. A minute or so later, someone showed up to wait for the bus as well and he offered to let me stand under his umbrella with him. I said no thank you at first because I had a hood on and I didn’t think it would be necessary to stand under an umbrella with a complete stranger, but the bus took forever, and he looked at me again and insisted that I share with him. After not feeling so great just five minutes prior, his random act of kindness immediately put me in a better mood. If something so simple can turn someone’s attitude and mood into something so positive, the world would be such a better place if we all did small nice things for one another. After all, it is the little things that count.
There are many ways that you could perform acts of kindness.
If you have an iPhone (which I don’t and I am slightly jealous of everyone in the world that does), there is an app called “do good” that sends you one random act of kindness tip everyday at midnight. Once you complete the do good, you click that you have completed it and then wait for the next one at midnight. Also, there is a website called Acts of Kindness that provides ideas of how to help in your community, news articles, and stories of inspiring people that perform these acts as often as they can. There is even an article on their site that discusses the health benefits of random acts of kindness.
So turn someone’s day around for the better! It will make you feel good, as well as the other person – especially on a rainy day.