Sharon Salzberg is one of America’s leading meditation teachers and she believes and practices her words, that ‘kindness costs nothing, brings joy, does as much for the giver as the receiver and can change society bringing unexpected rewards’. As well as knowing ‘that money may give you choices but it surely can’t buy you happiness’.
As Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” How true are these words.
Kindness can be a smile across a room to someone you see feels nervous and out of place, it can mean a few minutes of your time to talk to the guy who lives on the street that is invisible to the average passersby. It can mean a practical helping hand or mentoring someone through college or their career. In fact the act of kindness – whether it’s just a smile, a word or when you do something practical is all about taking action and when you do, something wonderful happens. Kindness is talked about today as something out of the ordinary, it needn’t be, it can be something we all do, we all share and we all benefit from – make it part of our lives – as simple as buying our daily tea or coffee!