Random acts of kindness lead to regular feelings of happiness. When you go out of your way to help someone else, you walk away feeling good. A strong feeling of satisfaction overcomes you when you perform these acts. It feels great to know you are doing the right thing. And guess what? The other person you just helped will also be happy. It could make their day or week even. Helping others is such a win-win proposition that I can’t believe we don’t do it all the time. The party being helped feels good to have someone else look out for them and assist them when they are down. The person doing the helping feels the fulfillment of helping out another person. A bond of loyalty and gratitude is created when these people share the moment of being there for one and other. This feeling is hard to replicate.

These acts should be done without expectation of anything in return. You should do right and not expect payment. However, you never know when the person you helped will help you or someone you care about in the future. The world is small. One thing affects another and all our lives are more intertwined than most of us realize. One good act by you can lead to a cascade effect. This domino effect can bring others to help your loved ones, strangers, or even yourself indirectly. Even if there is no domino effect, you will still feel great on the inside for doing the right thing. You will give someone the feeling of gratefulness which is one of the biggest elixirs of happiness. That should be enough reason to go out of your way to help others.

Kindness is also universal and can be understood by all. It reminds us that we all are humans. We aren’t all too different after all. Race, religion, nationality, we are all still more similar than we all realize. Kindness breaks down these racial and religious barriers. No matter where you come from or what language you speak, kindness can be understood.

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

-Mark Twain

All hearts can comprehend compassion. The pros of performing these compassionate acts are already laid out: you will bring joys to others, kindness will be spread to others through the people you helped, it can breakdown grudges and rekindle withering flames, you will feel immense satisfaction and hey, it can maybe even get you a girlfriend or boyfriend. Perform a random act of kindness and all of the above are possibilities for you. Every day is an opportunity to be a bright spot in a person’s day. Doing a random act of kindness is a perfect way to be the light in other’s days.

Activity

Perform a random act of kindness each day for 7 days. Write down at the end of each day what it was.

 

 

Exercise 14

 

Random Acts of Kindness

 

Day 1

Act:_________________________________

 

How did you feel?

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Day 2

Act:_________________________________

 

How did you feel?

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Day 3

Act:_________________________________

 

How did you feel?

______________________________________________

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Day 4

Act:_________________________________

 

How did you feel?

______________________________________________

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Day 5

Act:_________________________________

How did you feel?

______________________________________________

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Day 6

Act:_________________________________

How did you feel?

______________________________________________

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Day 7

Act:_________________________________

How did you feel?

______________________________________________

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