Nina Dali

Nina Dali

Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give

Kindness is the foundation for a happier world. It is the essence of beauty. It brings smiles to faces, brightens our burdens, creates friendships, transform people and situations. Unexpected kindness is a powerful thing. It can make a day memorable. With just a few kind words, you can change someone’s entire day. Kindness is the glue that holds society together.

To me personally, kindness is giving selflessly. It’s to give with no expectations. A smile, a warm gesture, a helping hand – just because your heart desires to do something good for no other reason than to make someone happy. I since when I was very young I always wanted to help others. It doesn’t cost anything to be kind and it can mean so much – a simple smile costs nothing. 

What is stopping you from spreading more kindness in the world today? I will tell you what is stopping you – nothing. It still amazes me that most people forget that kindness is free. It could be to choose to smile at every single person you make eye contact with for the complete day, it could be to open as many doors for people in that day as possible with no expectation of reward. 

I don’t know what you could choose, but I bet you know what you could choose to do with your kindness. While we may not have control over another person, we do have control over ourselves. What does it mean to be our best selves? Isn’t being kind in the mix of choices we have each and every day? We can’t make anyone else be kind, but that doesn’t have to stop us from aspiring to be kind, no matter what.

There are different ways to practice kindness. One way to be kind is to open your eyes and be active when you see people in need. Do you notice when people could use a helping hand? A sense of community is created when people are kind to those who need help.

Opening your eyes means noticing when others are suffering. A kind word, a smile, opening a door, or helping carry a heavy load can all be acts of kindness. Celebrating someone you love, giving honest compliments, sending an email thanking someone, telling someone how s/he is special to you, helping an elderly neighbor with yard work or food, taking a photo of someone and sending it to the person, sharing homemade food, refusing to gossip, and donating old clothing and things you don’t need are all ideas about how to practice kindness.

Kindness is not something that demands hard work. It originates from the simple act of doing no harm to others. Kindness has many benefits including increased happiness and a healthy heart. It slows down the aging process and improves relationships and connections, which indirectly boosts your health. Any kindness you give to others is also a gift to yourself.