The world can seem like a really cruel place sometimes. And as individuals we often want to make a positive difference in anyway we can.
But we also get discouraged easily.
We see war, violence, poverty, rape, starvation, abuse, and disease at every turn, and we feel like there’s little we can do to try and change these negative aspects of our world.
However, as it turns out, our acts of kindness and good deeds may have a larger impact on the world than we initially thought.
Kindness. It’s a concept we all know. From a young age we learned about the foundation of kindness through classes, books, and two-week groundings. However, as we grow older the concept of being kind sometimes escapes our everyday routine. We don’t look at kindness as a necessity, but as a task. Now, more than ever, we need to take the time in our lives to stop, take a deep breath, and remember that kindness is a domino effect.
Practicing random kindness has a domino effect, according to research done at Harvard and the University of California at San Diego: “One person’s generosity spreads first to three people and then to the nine people that those three people interact with in the future, and then to still other individuals in subsequent waves of the experiment.
” Best of all, the good effect persists and feeds itself. As one researcher involved in the study said, “You don’t go back to being your ‘old selfish self.’” Even witnessing acts of kindness can set off waves of goodwill.