A little kindness goes a long way

As CEO of MS Australia, I am exposed to acts of kindness every day. I hear amazing stories from the MS community about gratitude, care and happiness.

So it was really no surprise to read that a recent Australian study found that “an act of kindness to benefit another” makes more Australians happy than eating chocolate or retail therapy.

Kindness is contagious!"Be kind whenever possible, it is always possible" - Dalai Lama

I recently came across Random Acts of Kindness, a not-for-profit foundation based in the UK which is “inspiring people to practice kindness and pass it on to others”. There are so many stories on the site about acts of kindness, from holding doors open for strangers to donations and volunteering. These stories will really brighten your day.

It is interesting to consider the way we interact on social media. There are so many studies which highlight the importance of being kind and courteous online as opposed to blunt and aggressive. We are often privy to viral acts of kindness online, people using social media to generate awareness of an issue, to help out a family in need, to find a missing pet, to provide support and donations of goods.

Although, sometimes we feel so busy that we forget manners and kindness. So, next time someone gives way to you in busy traffic, give them a courtesy wave, be free with compliments and whenever possible, be kind.

Have you been on the receiving end of an act of kindness lately? Or did you perform an act of kindness? How did it make you feel?

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