On November 13, as part of World Kindness Day, we are encouraged to spread kindness like an infectious... laugh.
[You thought we were going to say disease or virus.]
Why? Studies show when others observe kindness in action they are more likely to carry out an act of kindness, too.
So, imagine if you head out for the day and your neighbor’s recycling container can has tipped over. Instead of ignoring it and letting the wind make a mess, you pick it up and return it to the curb. Three other neighbors notice and give you a smile and a nod on their way to the bus stop.
On the bus, one of those neighbors notices a senior citizen without a seat. Even though he still has a long ride ahead of him, he remembers your thoughtfulness and offers his seat to the senior citizen. Several riders take notice.
At the office, a woman struggles with a paper jam while a customer is waiting. The customer remembers the kind person on the bus that gave up his seat for another rider and lets the office worker know to take her time.
We each have the potential to improve each others’ lives through understanding and kindness. Whether it’s a friend, family member, coworker, or your Bus Operator or fellow riders [see what SEPTA Steve has to say] - our ability to show our humanity should have no limit.
On World Kindness Day - let your compassion shine brightly. Or as SEPTA Steve says - it's a bright idea!