We live in a hostile world where people have stopped listening to each other. A stranger smiling at you on the street has been deemed a weird and invasive act. We’ve been desensitized to our own humanity.
A little bit of kindness can go a long way, but we’ve become afraid to express such a powerful emotion. Maybe we’re afraid that we’ll be judged or rejected or hurt for our willingness to be vulnerable.
People in this world are hurting and we can never understand another’s struggles from the outside looking in. That smile you offer as you walk by or a simple hello could turn their whole day around.
So smile more. Say hi to strangers. Pay for someone’s coffee one morning. Listen to a stranger’s story when they strike up conversation waiting in line. You never know what another person could need in that moment and your willingness to be kind could change the entire trajectory of their day.
Be the kindness you wish to see in the world. You never know how it could change the world.