Why We Need Kindness Now More Than Ever
Judie Stilman February 9, 2021
Being kind is free. It can take only moment, but leave a lasting impact on the hearts and lives of others. Kindness is an individual expression as unique as you are. It’s why YOUR act of kindness matters.
No matter where your luck landed during this crisis; up or down, richer or poorer, healthy or sick, we’ve all been impacted, physically, emotionally, or spiritually.
We each do our part
By wearing masks, staying apart, washing hands, and waiting our turn for the vaccine, there is one thing we can all do that will surely make the wait more bearable. We all have it within our power to be kind. Random or planned, acts of kindness give us a boost, a shot of love to get us through the finish line.
Every one of us has been affected by the pandemic
But clearly, the ravages have not been equally felt. Front line workers are enduring stressful, harrowing circumstances and burn out. Lockdowns mean some people have lost their jobs and income, while others are able to work from home. Some are living off their nest egg, or seeking assistance, while others are able to save because they aren’t spending on entertainment, dining and travel. For people living alone without a social network, isolation is having a negative impact on mental health. And those who live in close quarters with many people, or who work at essential jobs, are at greater risk of contracting and becoming ill from the virus.
Maria, a musician living in Nashville,
began nightly violin concerts from her balcony as a way to process her grief after losing her 86 year old father to COVID, and to lift her neighbors’ spirits. The residents of this suburban neighborhood were mostly strangers to each other, aside from brief waves as they came and went. But every night at 5:30 they sat in front of their homes to hear Maria play Vivaldi, or Elton John. The concerts gave Maria a reason to get up every day and over weeks they turned a street full strangers into friends and neighbors.
To celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week (Feb.14 – 20),
Parade magazine shared 65 ways to show kindness, most of them can be done from your phone! Whether you do one good deed for one person, or turn every credit card purchase into an act of kindness with Coin Up App, you’ll be inspired to contribute to the greater good in the way that only YOU can. We all have something to give that can help someone else. We only have to do it.