One Random Act of Kindness… the chain reaction of one kind act.


A Random Act of Kindness

I have been reading a lot about kindness, gratitude and its connection joy.   I have been keeping a gratitude journal and thinking of small ways that I can be kinder in my day to day life.

Today while buying a coffee at my local cafe, I handed the waitress my loyalty card to be stamped.  She handed it back to me smiling and said, “the next coffee is a freebie”.  Inspired I handed it back to her and said, “Keep it, use it to pay for the next person’s coffee order”.  She was taken aback and smiled, “that is so kind!” “Okay”.

I collected my coffee from the barista and went back to my office smiling.  I was bursting with the excitement and happiness in anticipation of making some one’s day.   Literally colours felt brighter, people seemed friendlier, my morning was fantastic.

Later in the day when I saw the waitress, she told me ” I gave your free coffee to a guy who was in after you, he was so surprised and happy. It felt good to give him the free coffee. We were all talking about it.”

The Chain Reaction of One Kind Act

When I reflected on the morning,  I realised that my one act of kindness had a ripple effect that affected more than just me.

Let’s look at who was affected:

Me

When I made the kind gesture my body was flooded with a rush of hormones designed to make me feel joy.

According to fellow kindness blogger Jen Sievers , I was experiencing a “helper’s high”.  The delicious cocktail of endorphins and hormones like oxytocin.  This boosts our sense of connection, love, trust and optimism, which increases our serotonin levels and reduces our cortisol levels.  In short being kind makes us happy.

The Waitress

I didn’t just stop with me.  I transferred my “helper’s high” to the waitress and the barista who served the free coffee.  Whom in turn would have been friendlier to their customers and been more inclined to give excellent customer service. The customers in the cafe would have left happier because of the friendly service and would have passed their joy on.  If you are kind it encourages others to be kind too.

The Recipient of the Free Coffee

The recipient of my random act of kindness, would have received benefits far beyond a free cup of coffee.  There would have been the euphoria of been given an unexpected surprise. He too would have been hit with a cocktail of feel good hormones and left the cafe with a feeling of joy.

I imagine that he would go on to tell his friends and family about the pleasant surprise that he received that morning.  He would have been more likely to be in a great mood and to be friendlier and kinder to others.  Those that he would have come in contact with would have been positively infected with his joy and would have passed this on.

What have I learnt from my kindness experiment?

  • Kindness packs a powerful punch.  One small act of kindness has far reaching consequences and is felt by many.
  • Kindness is addictive.  The kinder you are the more you want to be kind.
  • Being kind brings you joy. Practising gratitude and kindness makes you happy and attracts good things to you.
  •  Actions speak louder than words. If I want the world to be a happier, kinder more caring place it starts with me.

Just one question remains, what kind thing will I do today?

Follow Jen Siever’s Facebook group On Joy here if you would like to chat to fellow joy and kindness seekers.

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Are you inspired by the kindness of others? Do you want to practise more kindness in your daily life? Do you have a kindness story to share, that will inspire others?

Join The Kindness Project Facebook group.

It is new and just starting out, but I am hoping that if we all share our kindness stories, random acts of kindness and thoughts on being kind then we can truly change the world one kind act at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

 



18 thoughts on “One Random Act of Kindness… the chain reaction of one kind act.

  1. This put a massive smile on my face. What a small inexpensive gesture can do to change the mindset, soul, feeling and future emotions of more than one human being. I’m so inspired and elated by your post. Thank you xoxo

  2. That’s great that you actually heard about how your kindness made someone happy. We are working on this with our Girl Scout Troop as an activity because Feb 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day!

    1. Hi Marysa, I have just started a Facebook Group, The Kindness Project, that I would love you and your Girl Scout Troop to join.

      It is new and just starting out, but I am hoping that if we all share our kindness stories, random acts of kindness, shout outs to others who we saw being kind and thoughts on being kind then we can truly change the world one kind act at a time. The link is at the end of my Post.

  3. Absolutely beautiful. This is the true embodiment of kindness! And it’s rare that we get to see the the chain reaction so I love this reminder that it’s happening in larger ways than we ever know. 💕

    1. Hi Jenka, Thank you for your kind comment. It means a lot to me that I have touched others with my post.
      I have just started a Facebook Group, The Kindness Project, that I would love you to join.

      It is new and just starting out, but I am hoping that if we all share our kindness stories, random acts of kindness, shout outs to others who we saw being kind and thoughts on being kind then we can truly change the world one kind act at a time. The link is at the end of my Post.

    1. Hi Julie, thank you for your comment it means a lot to me. Kindness is catchy.
      I have just started a Facebook Group, The Kindness Project, that I would love you to join.

      It is new and just starting out, but I am hoping that if we all share our kindness stories, random acts of kindness, shout outs to others who we saw being kind and thoughts on being kind then we can truly change the world one kind act at a time. The link is at the end of my Post.

  4. Ah this is such a good post. It’s so true–we don’t really appreciate the power of small acts like this. Even just opening the door for someone, smiling, and wishing them a good day — I noticed that just doing that makes the recipient grin happily, even if moments before, they were frowning or unhappy. So much power, used so little!

    1. Hi Sahar, I totally agree it is the little things that count.

      I have just started a Facebook Group, The Kindness Project, that I would love you to join.

      It is new and just starting out, but I am hoping that if we all share our kindness stories, random acts of kindness, shout outs to others who we saw being kind and thoughts on being kind then we can truly change the world one kind act at a time. The link is at the end of my Post.

  5. Such a beautiful explanation of an act of kindness with real life story. true there are more than one people who get that happiness from a small kind act.

    1. Hi Jhilmil, thank you for your comment. Kindness is funny that way:)

      I have just started a Facebook Group, The Kindness Project, that I would love to join.

      It is new and just starting out, but I am hoping that if we all share our kindness stories, random acts of kindness, shout outs to others who we saw being kind and thoughts on being kind then we can truly change the world one kind act at a time. The link is at the end of my Post.

  6. Such a beautiful explanation of an act of kindness with real life story. true there are more than one people who get that happiness from a small kind act. Loved it

    1. Hi Gail, thank you for your comment, kindness is crazy addictive but so good for us:)

      I have just started a Facebook Group, The Kindness Project, that I would love you to join.

      It is new and just starting out, but I am hoping that if we all share our kindness stories, random acts of kindness, shout outs to others who we saw being kind and thoughts on being kind then we can truly change the world one kind act at a time. The link is at the end of my Post.

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