I read a post the other day that said an act of kindness not only affects the person who receives the kindness, but also the person who completes the kind act. There is apparently a serotonin surge from an act of kindness for both the giver and receiver. If the kind act is observed by others, they also receive the benefits of a serotonin surge. A small act of kindness therefore is hardly ever small in terms of benefit.
Today alone and it’s not even noon, I observed kindness in the following ways:
- Taking my dogs for a walk, I encountered a railway employee who was wandering around in a safety vest. My first impression was that I was going to get a lecture for “trespassing.” I squared my shoulders and got ready to take my lumps. However to my delight instead of a negative interaction, he thanked me for putting the dogs on a leash. He went to explain he was protecting a peregrine falcon that had been take down by crows. The wildlife rehabilitation people had been called and were on their way. He hoped he would not get in trouble with his boss. We chatted for a minute, and I commended him for his kind action. Following this, I left because I did not want my dogs to upset the falcon any further.
- Purchasing vegetables at our local produce store, I was asked whether I would like a bag or a box. Upon requesting the box, the cashier proceeded to pack my fruit and veggies in the most careful, thoughtful manner. He expressed the hope that they would not get damaged on the ride home. I think even if I had to ride home balancing them on the handlebars of my bike they wouldn’t budge he had done such a good job.
- In the hairdresser’s, I witnessed one of the customers give up his seat to an elderly lady who came in on the arm of a family member.
- Lastly, I was presented with a beautiful rose which my daughter had located for me along her walk.
Many different scenarios, each involving a kindness. While I was not on the receiving end of the kindness in all scenarios, they still left me feeling great with hope for humanity. From my current serotonin surge, I can only conclude that small acts of kindness are indeed ripples in a pond with far-reaching effects.
What kind act have you noticed today?