Hidden cameras have confirmed it. There is a revolution going on. People are embracing their humanity and reaching out to others. They are following the golden rule and doing unto others as they would have others do unto them. They are remembering the Boy Scout motto to "Do a good turn daily." They are making a difference one small act of kindness at a time.
Stephen G. Post, PhD and author of the book "The Hidden Gifts of Helping," says that just thinking about helping someone has proven health benefits. The area of the brain associated with joy lights up, and feel-good chemicals such as dopamine are released. People who volunteer report feeling physically healthier, an improved sense of well-being and less stress.
What can we do to join the revolution? The video offers some suggestions.
Look for opportunities
In the video, there were several cars passing by while one person stopped to help someone in need. Does that mean that the people who passed by are bad people? Of course not. I suspect they probably didn't even notice the person in distress.
Too often, we become so engrossed in our own daily problems and difficulties that we cannot see the suffering of others. It is important to remind ourselves that everyone has their own burdens to bear, their own struggles, their own heartaches. We can choose to open our eyes and look for opportunities to show kindness to others.
At the beginning of each day, make a commitment to make a difference in someone's life. If you are religious, pray that you will be guided to someone who needs your kindness.
Show respect for our elders
Help an older person across the street.
Visit a home for the elderly.
Visit a widow or widower.
Mow your elderly neighbor's lawn.
Offer transportation to someone who can no longer drive.
Bring a new widow or widower meals.
Adopt a grandma or grandpa.
When I was a teenager, my youth group visited a nursing home. We each were introduced to someone who had no remaining family. I developed a wonderful relationship with Marjorie. Sometimes I would read to her. Other times, we would crochet together. Sometimes, we would just talk. I enjoyed getting to know her, and I believe it helped me forget about my teenage problems when I was with her.
One little girl wanted to give flowers to people for her 5th birthday. Her mother bought a dozen roses, and then they waited in a grocery store parking lot. The little girl then gave a rose to people she felt could use one. Each person to whom she gave a rose was deeply touched. Some of them cried. One person said that was the nicest thing anyone had done for her. Another said she had been going through a rough time and needed such a pick-me-up. Many said that her small act had restored their faith in humanity. The little girl said it was her best birthday ever.