What are four additional real-world benefits of kindness, as outlined in Podcast #3: One Of A Kind? Why is acting with kindness as a lifestyle habit important? Is it worth the effort? From my perspective, there are very few things of more importance that you can do to create and maintain a fulfilling life. Here’s more reasons why:
Benefit #1: Kindness changes lives.
Kindness changes lives.
Even the smallest act of kindness changes things for both the giver and the receiver. When the giver offers an act of kindness, it raises their own personal vibrational frequency, which raises the energy that flows to the receiver. This raises the receiver’s energy as well. We experience this as an increase in energy, happiness and an increased sense of connection to the world around us.
From a scientific perspective, this phenomenon is called “entrainment.” Entrainment is the tendency for two oscillating bodies to synchronize when exposed to each other for an extended period of time. One object may set another object into motion if it shares the same resonant frequency. So, if you strike a tuning fork, for example, and bring it near another tuning fork of the same frequency, the second fork will begin vibrating. This form of communication takes place at the very basic levels of our existence because we all experience the world as frequencies of energy and information. And anything that raises this energy to higher levels is a benefit. This benefit changes the experience of life immediately, with potential long-term effects.
Benefit #2: Kindness is always possible.
Kindness is always possible.
Even in the most difficult or terrifying times, kindness is possible. It’s a choice, and when it is exercised in these situations it is remarkable, even miraculous. Consider these true examples:
In Nazi Germany, during World War 2, at a time when Jewish members of the population were being targeted for elimination, a German businessman named Oskar Schindler saved the lives of over a thousand mostly Polish-Jewish refugees by hiring them in his factories. To the skeptical Nazi government, Schindler insisted these lives were necessary to keep his factory running, and thereby out of harm’s way. This was at direct risk to his life.
In 2013, five-year-old Jocelyn Rojas was playing in her front yard when she suddenly disappeared. Rojas’s parents feared the worst, so they alerted police and began a frantic search of their neighborhood. Instead of waiting for the police to find the little girl, fifteen year-old Temar Boggs and his friend decided to start looking for her themselves. Soon, they spotted Rojas in a car with a man, so they began to follow the car on their bicycles. The man tried to lose them for fifteen minutes. Finally, he seemingly gave up, pulled over, and shoved Jocelyn from the car. Temar returned her to her grateful and relieved parents.
Recently, a high school freshman saw an isolated classmate being bullied by a group of popular kids. They knocked him down, scattering his glasses and a huge stack of books. He ran over and helped him up, offered him a few kind words of encouragement, and helped carry his books to his home. Four years later the bullied boy, now the high school validictorian, expressed his gratitude to the kind classmate in his speech. The day he was bullied, he had planned to commit suicide over the weekend. He had cleaned out his locker so his mother wouldn’t have to do it later – that’s why he had such a large stack of books. The encouragement and kindness from the stranger changed his plans.
Kindness is a choice that is always available to anyone, at any time.
Benefit #3: Kindness is always a reasonable response.
Kindness is always a reasonable response.
Circumstances in life are often unreasonable. Yet, even in crazy situations, kindness is a reasonable response. And while other responses may also be reasonable, kindness is always a viable option.
The Golden Rule admonishes us to “do unto others as we would have them do unto us.” All religious faiths have passages that implore their believers to “love their enemy as themselves.” The Hebrew and Christian Bibles, the Quran, and the written faiths of Chinese Taoism and Buddhism all revere kindness and compassion as virtues.
Kindness can reveal the humanity in any situation. It can be very instructive for us to pause, take a step back from what’s happening in the circumstances, and see if there might be a way to apply kindness to the situation. It can be like applying salve to a wound. It carries with it the potential to heal, or at very least arrest injury. And isn’t it possible that stopping a criminal from committing a crime is a kind and reasonable act?
Benefit #4: Kindness is the path to a new way of living.
Kindness is the path to a new way of living.
There is a special type of person who makes kindness their primary way of life. They are a pleasure to be around. They are connected with others. They are warm and inviting, attractive and wise. They are magnetic. Charismatic. They offer energy to every situation, and raise the vibration of those around them.
Because they experience life as a series of opportunities to support others, they have become rare individuals. They’ve found their way to happiness. They’ve discovered that the secret to creating and maintaining a fulfilling life doesn’t consist of the accumulation of things, the winning of arguments, the hoarding of wealth or the controlling of others … but rather one simple principle to live by: kindness toward others.
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