For months, I have driven by a pasture with two horses and an adorable little donkey. Regardless of the type of day I am having, I can’t help but smile when I see this small guy who is cute beyond belief! I recently came to learn that this little guy is in fact a girl and her name is Cricket. I have also discovered that, like me, a lot of people who drive by this stretch of road look for Cricket. It appears that this little unsuspecting creature has brought a smile to many a face, and though unsuspecting, she has created ripples of good feelings. And though her distraction may be but momentary from life’s concerns or frustrations – these pauses can serve as invaluable reset buttons.
While Cricket’s ripples of kindness are unsuspecting, YOU CAN CHOOSE KINDNESS. All of your actions and interactions produce a rippling effect ~ creating a continuum of unknown reactions. Kindness is a virtue that need not be spoken and need not be demonstrated by big gestures or acts. Even the smallest of kind acts ~ a smile, a nod of recognition, a kind word or a look of understanding, leaves a mark.
What we do know is that the ripple effect caused from kind acts is exponentially bigger than the acts themselves. Research shows that kindness is contagious ~ a pay if toward of sorts. The scientific term “upstream reciprocity” explains this idea that the receiver of an act of kindness is more inclined to follow up with a generous attitude, and so the cycle is set into motion.
Studies also show that not only does kindness have an influence on others, but it also creates more happiness to the givers of these acts. Being kind has a profound and positive effect on YOUR happiness. Psychologists have coined this “feel good” result as “helpers high”. And while some may argue that you should not act in a kind or generous manner simply for your own happiness return, it is hard to find fault in the far reaching effects.
Scott Adams said “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” Why not choose to go out today and drop your pebble into the pond? Be somebody’s Cricket…