In week 15 we were introduced to the list known as the “Franklin Makeover”. Each week we focus on one of 13 virtues. In week two we all focused on the virtue of kindness. Not wanting to rely on my perception, I looked up the word, this is what I found.
kind·ness ˈkīn(d)nəs/ noun
1 the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
2 synonyms: kindliness, kindheartedness, warmheartedness, affection, warmth, gentleness, concern, care; More consideration, helpfulness, thoughtfulness, unselfishness, selflessness, altruism, compassion, sympathy, understanding, big-heartedness, benevolence, benignity, friendliness, hospitality, neighborliness;
generosity, magnanimity, charitableness
“he thanked her for her kindness”
3 a kind act.plural noun: kindnesses “it is a kindness I shall never forget”
So with that info I started to observe acts of kindness for the week. I was really surprised at how often other people are kind to one another. I suppose with our old negative bias subby we forget to see this virtue in others.
I really enjoyed observing and participating in kind acts. Some are seemingly insignificant but are such a powerful influence on the positive bias, not just for the beneficiaries of the act, to all those who observe it.
While watching Mark and Dayna give the free hugs, I noticed some people were not impressed and held back. Most others seemed delighted to get their free hug, and were all smiles as they left. I’m sure they carried good feelings with them for the rest of their day, and also performed random acts of kindness of their own. Small acts of kindness, great rewards.
By continuing this virtue of kindness we can have global ripple effects, thereby not only enriching our own lives but all lives.
Peace and Aloha, Steve