Kindness can mean lots of different things to different people. Kindness can mean that you are generous, it can mean that you are affectionate, considerate and friendly, it can mean that you make time for people in need or you show kindness to everyone around you.
You may choose to be kind to people one way, and I might choose to be kind another way for example. But whatever you do big or small can lighten up people’s days and make them feel cared for and appreciated.
I experienced an act of kindness once that has always stuck with me because it took me by surprise. I was walking home from the Metro Station one day after work, and it started to rain. I was getting soaked and I had nothing to shelter myself from the rain. I was approaching a bus stop, when a man got out of his car and handed me an umbrella and then got back in his car and drove off.
There was no need to that man to do that, he could have driven past me, but instead he took a short period of time out of his day to hand me an umbrella, that he knew he’d never see again.
I was taken aback by his kindness. It made me want to do something kind for someone else.
As you can see from the video above kindness matters to people from all walks of life. The coronavirus lockdown has brought the best out in some people in our communities. We saw 100-year-old Captain Tom Moore raising millions of pounds for the NHS, I’ve seen videos of people putting on shows, or hosting quizzes for people in their street.
All of these acts of kindness add up and make our world a nicer place to live in.
So what does kindness mean to you?
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