Kill 'Em With Kindness
by Abby Tomczuk
We all have bad days and we all get mad or sad: it’s human nature. In today’s world, there seems to be a lot of focus on competition and who’s going to be the first one to have the “next best thing.” The media tends to emphasize the negativity in the world nowadays. This focus on the negative can sometimes overwhelm us.
How do we fix this?
It’s simple. And it starts with a K. To make a change for the better we can start spreading kindness.
People forget how valuable a simple act of kindness is. We get so caught up in our busy lives, that we become more concerned with ourselves than the people around us.
So, what if: We all took a moment out of our day, to extend a hand of kindness to another? Extend a hand of kindness to a family member, a friend or even a random stranger. If we go out of the way to show kindness to people we could slowly make a change one person at a time.
It’s not just us-celebrities are catching on to this kindness trend as well. Many of them are using their fame to take a stand.
Let’s take comedian and talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres as an example.
Ellen DeGeneres goes out of her way to make people happy and through her talk show she gives back in so many ways. Something about her that particularly stands out is the way she ends each one of her talk shows. She finishes her closing statement by saying, “Be kind to one another.” What simple worlds, but what a huge impact they can make!
Don’t worry- you don’t need to have your own TV show to spread kindness! In fact, some of the simplest acts of kindness end up have the biggest impact. Life is full of struggles and you never know what someone may be going through. Go out of your way to smile at a passerby on the street, hold the door for someone or offer up a complement. It’s the small gestures that can change the world.
If you can change just one person’s attitude by going out of your way to do one kind gesture, then it’s worth it. And, you know what they say-kindness id contagious! A simple act of kindness goes a long way, in motivating people to do the same for someone else.
As negativity broadens, let’s try to ignite positivity in the atmosphere. It only takes one person to start spreading kindness, let that one person be you.