“Kindness is a sunshine in which virtue grows”
— Robert Green Ingersoll
Kindness is the language which knows no boundaries. It is spoken by all and understood by all living beings. Crossing all demographic and social boundaries, it stands common for all.
Every single deed of kindness never goes futile. It is the source of positivity in oneself and everyone around us. Every deed of kindness instills a positive feeling in us and in our surroundings too. Kindness is a lot more than just having righteous and caring attitude towards others. Treating other people isn’t just good for Karma. It’s good for health and vitality too. Nature is the best example to understand what kindness is. It has helped the civilizations to flourish. The rising sun, the wandering clouds, the fruit bearing trees are all epitome of being kind to others.
Kindness is not a virtue which needs to be adopted or showcased in certain situations. It needs to be imbibed as a basic behavioral attribute. It doesn’t stay restricted to any sphere of life, but all spheres of life. It is the base foundation of any relation; be it with friends, peers, animals, or any living being. The selfless act of kindness results in most favorable and flourishing deals in life.
The Give and Take of Life
Life is a vicious circle. What goes around comes back to us. So if you are being nice to someone, the person will automatically be nice to you. If you’ll plant a tree of hatred for someone, then you’ll only get the thorns of hatred in return. It is a barter system. What you get in return might not be something tangible, but it will be something which will provide you utmost satisfaction at the end of the day. “You can cultivate kindness” says Goldstein, “by simply inviting yourself to begin again.”
What Makes a Society Flourish?
A man’s life is not just about living up to his dreams, his preferences, his requirements. Being a social animal, his life revolves around others too. His priorities may get altered because of others; his decisions may change for others. But that’s how a hale and hearty society flourishes. It happens when a person stops thinking just about him, and starts thinking about others too.
Martin Luther King once said to an audience in Montgomery, Alabama in 1957 – “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”
Doing things for others is what keeps a man consistently going in this world, where everyone is so busy chasing their tangible dreams that by the end of it, they just attain their dream but are left with nothing else. It increases their stress and anxiety level too. To have a peaceful life otherwise one has to simultaneously balance with other things too. Kindness is a practice and should not be misunderstood with any project. One should do things for others too, to keep his humane alive in this otherwise mechanized life.
Written By: Somdutta Das