Random Acts of Kindness
by: JB Radcliff
The simple things in life matter the most. Providing clean water, food, and aid, to those in need, to name a view.
Collaborating with like-minded businesses, individuals, churches, and organizations, one person at a time to make a difference – has a rippling effect. How we pass along those attributes of giving to the next generation, is a secondary gift.
Random acts of kindness help to “feed your soul”. It is in the doing of kindness that you find contentment in your own soul. Who doesn’t want to feel content?
Simple Random acts of kindness mean
(1) being kind to others: supporting your local communities, animal shelters, and helping out neighbors to name a few.
(2) being kind to yourself: helping where you can, and knowing your own limitations.
(3) being kind to the planet: Leave it the way you found it, or make it better.
There is a lot of research out there; regarding how and why we need to be kind, beginning in infancy.
Can Kindness be taught?
1. We are born with a certain amount of bias or preferences. Babies learn things very rapidly and they tend to focus on verbal communication, numbers, and causality.
2. Babies are born schemers! They have their own will, they enjoy creativity, and they are always looking to develop their learning. Babies think about thinking. They come with a set of natural knowledge cues.
3. Children, as they grow, have multiple intelligences. Meaning, that children will play around with theories they create in their own minds; exploring and packing away chunks of information for a rainy day. They are seeking to understand the world around them, and learning how to best adapt to that world. Many researchers believe that children all learn differently, at different times, and at different levels – with multiple intelligences. If we work with a child’s weaknesses and we build on their strengths, we can help a child create and use play to understand the world around them. We can also apply these same principles to adults and their ability to show kindness, and teach it!
Practice a fair amount of random acts of kindness, daily. There is so much to be gained on a personal level when you do. When you practice kindness, make sure your children see you doing it as well. You are their best role model. Kindness is year round – It does not end after one day. Kindness needs to be practiced 365 days a year, and it begins with you. It could be as simple as a smile, a hug, or a phone call.