Small acts transform the world.


When we think about things we can do to make the world a better place, there are a limitless amount of things we can do to make a difference. A warm hello to a stranger, giving money to those in need, allowing cars to merge onto traffic, posting a positive note… these are all random acts of kindness. As we tap into our humanness more, I think small acts of kindness can go a long way in making the world a better place for everyone to live in. Think back to a time when someone did something unexpected for you and it brightened up your day. Small acts of kindness can help foster a society of better and happy people. I believe that if more people performed a small act of kindness it can cause a ripple effect the person who received an act of kindness will be a nice person for the rest of the day and they will treat people around them with more kindness than usual.

These random acts of kindness can have tremendous affect on all those who come in contact with both the act and the players. As your take a look at the video on top you can see how much a small random act of kindness can create a larger movement in making a big change. The video might have been a little exaggerated, but I really do think that it these small acts can lead to bigger change in our culture and society. These random acts of kindness are not just one small act, but “every act creates a ripple with no logical end” (Scott Adams). The acts of kindness are something that is essential to the well being of our individual selves as well as the overall society. The more of these small acts we perform the more it can liberate a culture of self-obsession, selfishness, and isolation and fostering a more open and loving nature.

On campus DoRAK (Do Random Acts of Kindness), I always appreciated in the past when they had buckets of extra umbrellas when it rained. During the last week of classes they would leave a few dozen of munchkins in classrooms. All these has made me feel better and made me a happier person overall that day. I believe that these random acts of kindness can be the one way to transform the world into a better place, where individuals treat each other fairly and see the good in everyone.

But…

I recently came across this video on my Facebook and it made me question, if it really works in our society where representation of individuals and/or groups play a significant role in the way we behave? Take a look at the video and let me know what you think?

 

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5 thoughts on “Small acts transform the world.”

  1. I thought you brought up an interesting perspective to random acts of kindness with the second video. It shows that kindness from someone that appears to have less to someone that has more doesn’t translate to kindness, but actually brings out the worst in people. The people in this video probably thought that it was degrading for someone of a lesser stature to try and help those with more; however, the video only demonstrates this in regard to money. The first video demonstrates acts of kindness through helping those who were having a tough time and the kindness was not distributed through money, but instead a helping hand. Maybe these videos show that people of any class don’t need acts of kindness through the form of money and that money is not the only or best way to help people. Acts of kindness are therefore more impactful if they come from unexpected generosity in the way that we act rather than in the way that we give.

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  2. I think random acts of kindness are important no matter who or where they come from. If people were to perform random acts of kindness they would not only have a positive effect on the person on the receiving end, but also on themselves. In addition, they would probably create a ripple effect as you spoke about and have an effect on a much larger group of people. Why aren’t there more random acts of kindness in our daily life? How can we promote these types of acts?

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  3. Kindness, mercy and charity are qualities that must ideally flow from high-ups to low-downs in society; the monetary aspect of it in reverse direction is neither sought after nor required, and the practice of it may only attract derision. In case the intent is to feel rich in spite of being poor, the relative high-up to low-down principle can always be followed…best wishes.. Raj.

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