While walking on the pathway that leads from Kaiser’s parking lot to its Hospital grounds, at least 50 people passed me by. Most were walking with their heads down, occupied with their phones. I smiled and said hello to several of them. Some responded in kind, and others just continued without attention. Then, I saw a lady walking in pain. I stopped and asked, “Are you Okay?” She responded “Yes,” and continued. I could feel the agony in her face. As she turned away, I saw a glimpse of a smile on her face. She straightened up a bit and stopped at the elevator with a bit more ease. It was evident that my caring gesture had a positive impact on her. It must have felt good that someone noticed and had cared for no other reason other than humanity.
Often, we think that if we show that we cared, we may have to give more, spend more time that we don’t have, become more obligated. Or we ignore strangers in need or in pain to not invade their privacy. We all get busy taking care of our lives and can feel lost in some unpleasant mood or fear and worry. Merely acknowledging someone who is having a tough time could change their mood, reduce their worry and anxiety.
The amazing news is that UCLA gets funded 20 million to start the UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute. The funds are to be used to scientifically prove how kindness can improve life and health, improve happiness in both the givers and the receivers. To figure out ways that we can help the society be kinder. We, at Perfectly Here, wish them lots of luck and excited that their work and intention supports the efforts we put out into the community. I always emphasize to our students and practitioners how the ripple effects of acts of kindness, attentiveness and Mindfulness go beyond what we can ever measure or realize.
Wishing you all a life filled with love and kindness.