There Are No Small Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness Day: Make Kindness a Habit - handprints with hearts in the centre

I have found so much kindness in the blogging community.  When I’m struggling, I can always count on getting words of support.  When I’m feeling discouraged about blogging or anything else, I always get lovely words of encouragement.  The kindness that we show each other is one of the things that makes the blogging community, and there truly are no small acts of kindness.

As a nurse, my job is to be kind to my patients, but for me, it’s so much for than just a job; it’s why I’m passionate about my chosen career.  And kindness is one of those things that when it’s given, it multiplies and tends to come back to you.  One of my former patients was very fearful about a particular procedure, but I was able to set his mind at ease and make it easy for him.  As a thank you, he gave me an amazing wildlife photo he had taken, which now hangs on my bedroom wall.

Sometimes kindness turns up unexpectedly, whether that’s someone picking up something you’ve dropped, or complimenting you just when you most need to hear it.  Even though Western society is very individualistic, and mental illness is often so very isolating, kindness can help to break down some of those barriers.

For a very cute take on loving-kindness meditation, check out this video from Greater Good at UC Berkeley:

Benefits of kindness

According to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, these are some of the benefits of kindness:

  • releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin, which also lowers blood pressure
  • boosts energy
  • stimulates the brain’s reward centre
  • produces endorphins, which decrease pain
  • decreases levels to the stress hormone cortisol
  • decreased anxiety and depression
  • promotes happiness

Quotes on Kindness

Kindness is the language which the deaf can see hear and the blind can see.

Mark Twain

Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.

Joseph Joubert

The true greatness of a person, in my view, is evident in the way he or she treats those with whom courtesy and kindness are not required.

Joseph B. Wirthlin

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.  Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.

Scott Adams

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Quote from the Dalai Lama: "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."

How is kindness important in your life?

World Kindness Day written on the image of a globe

10 thoughts on “There Are No Small Acts of Kindness”

  1. Ashley, you are very deserving of a kindness award, congratulations.
    Love this post, it sums up the importance of kindness in everyday interactions xx

  2. I agree with everything you mentioned, especially being kind when someone needs it the most, like in times of trouble. The thing is, being kind doesn’t require much effort. Being cruel on the other hand is a full time job and it’s surprising that so many people prefer to live their lives being indifferent to people in need of help.

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