Why You Should Practice Random Acts of Kindness

Have you ever experienced a random act of kindness from a stranger or an anonymous source? Do you remember how it made you feel? I have been blessed to receive a fair number of random acts of kindness, but no single act lives up to the experience I had most recently.

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I was working, and I helped an older lady find some gluten free items for an upcoming trip to Japan. I let her try a Lära Bar, and gave her as much information as I could. I told her to travel safe and come back for more if she liked them. Before leaving, she placed an envelope in my line of sight and gave me a sly look. I looked at it, a bit puzzled and cocked my head, “For me?”

She nodded her head towards it with a smile and left. I opened it fervently, right in that spot, feet planted firmly on the ground. Inside I discovered the most heartfelt, perfectly anonymous letter I could ever have imagined receiving.

I chose to publicly share this little piece of blissful human kindness, because I find the love lurking beneath these words to be incredibly contagious.

I have this posted by my bedroom door as a reminder each day: enter carefully into the world, extending love, compassion and kindness. Do so, and love, compassion and kindness will return to you.

I was fortunate to devour the words in this card quickly enough to catch the woman, tears in my eyes, and ask her for a hug. She hugged me tightly and I told her she is a beautiful soul, and that I was at a loss for any other words. Her husband tearfully agreed that she is, indeed, a beautiful soul. When she pulled back from the embrace, the look in her sparkling eyes said more to me than words could ever convey, and we parted. I was shaken and filled with feelings of such vibrancy and emotional awareness for the rest of the evening that I vowed never to let her words fade away, nor pass up an opportunity to practice a random act of kindness. So here are three reasons to practice random acts of kindness:

1. You have the power to change someone’s life for the better in practicing a random act of kindness.

You may simply intervene and lift their spirits and day higher than they thought possible, or you might change their whole way of thinking.

2. You bring yourself joy in practicing random acts of kindness.

The look in that lovely woman’s eyes when she saw my floored state of gratitude was inexpressible. It seems the practitioner of the random act of kindness reaps as much joy as the receiver.

3. Kindness is cyclical.

If one extends love, compassion and kindness out into the Universe, these glorious sentiments will find their way back around. One is what one extends out into the world.

What will your first random act of kindness be?