“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
Living in a crowded city, we can sometimes get so caught up in our world and forget to just stop for a few seconds to be kind to strangers who might be asking for directions. I can get like that myself when I am in-between places and have multiple errands to do in a day. I noticed that I was doing this a few times this week. It made me stop and reflect: I am going to become more conscious and present whenever a small act of kindness is needed.
As parents, one of our biggest hopes is that our kids will grow up as a good person. To be kind, compassionate and humane. However, this is not always easy because it does depends on many factors like their environment, school and their friends. Even for us, as responsible and wise adults, we can sometimes fail in practicing kindness towards others in need. The wonderful thing is that you, as parents, can apply gestures of kindness and in turn, be a great role model for your kids.
1. Random Acts of Kindness
There are many opportunities that allow us to show our kindness to others. Holding the elevator as someone is running towards it, or even a simple praise to someone who is having a bad day. Sometimes it does not take up a lot of time or effort to make someone feel less alone. You can make a difference without even realizing it, and it only takes some good will and intentions. Think of it as good karma.
2. Smile More Often
Smiling can be so effective in brightening someone’s day. It is a very simple thing to do and it really does magic. They will feel a surge of positivism that could brighten their gloomy day – or week. They would then smile in return or smile to others. Babies, especially, love it when you smile at them and start cooing from happiness. Even smiling to our kids without saying anything, can make them feel your love and warmth right away.
“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” – Kahlil Gibran.
If your kids learn how to share things at school, they can grow with the idea that sharing life’s pleasures with others is an act of empathy and compassion.
We all have received gestures of kindness from others in the past so now is the time that we pay it forward. Your kids can see how you do it and learn from you.
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