Sometimes, one act of kindness is enough to keep humanity alive in this world where everyone is becoming more and more self-obsessed and inconsiderate of others. We have ceased to care about people who we share this world with and are only concerned with what we have and what happens with us. But that is not how we are supposed to live. Kindness is what makes this world go round.
There are not one, but many reasons as to why you should be kind to strangers, and the first one of these is because it feels amazing. Do you not feel amazing when a person out of the crowd does a random act of kindness for you? So imagine how the other person would feel if you do something trivial for them like picking up something that they dropped on the ground.
Second of all, you must be kind to strangers for your own sake. Remember, karma. You may or may not believe in karma, in the reincarnation sense of the word but you must understand that it is highly likely that negativity is what you will get when you spew nothing but negativity and negative thoughts in your environment. Being nice to people is a way to spreading a positive energy which is going to come back to you in the form of kindness itself.
Thirdly, it is an instant way of feeling good about yourself. Even if you are having the worst of days, when you have made a blunder at work and your boss poured curses upon you, or you had a huge fight with your partner over something trivial, being kind to others can instantly turn your mood around and help you feel better. Science agrees with us on this one. Several studies have shown that when you do charity, the part of your brain known as the mesolimbic system which is responsible for the feeling of reward gets triggered. It leads to the release of feel-good chemical which further pushes you to perform more acts of kindness. This is what psychologists call Helper’s High.
Now, could you ever imagine that being kind to others can also be a boost to your self-esteem? Believe it or not, but it is true. Experts are of the belief that the feelings of social connectedness that come when you are being kind to strangers are in direct correlation with the self-esteem of an individual. Meaning, the more kind you are to strangers, the more self-esteem you will have. The same goes for your overall wellbeing as well. So in case you are not even in the mood to be kind to others, do it for your own health’s sake.
Being kind to strangers also creates a sense of belonging to us, whether it is a large group of people that you are being kind to or just one or two people. When you help strangers, you start to conceive that you are now a part of the community, which in turn can help reduce the feeling of isolation or loneliness.
Thus, showing kindness to strangers is not only beneficial for the people you are being kind to, but it also profits you in the form of physical and mental wellbeing. Now that we have covered the question why you should be kind to strangers, let us get to how you can do it.
Most of the time, your one smile is enough to put someone in a good mood. You do not always have to make a grand gesture of kindness to make someone’s day, your one smile which shows that you are happy to see or meet them is enough to denote what exactly it is that you are feeling.
#2. Be Polite
A little politeness can go a long way. On a daily basis, we find ourselves in situations where we have to interact with strangers. For instance, when we eat out, we interact with the cab driver who drives us to the restaurant, the waiter who takes our order, and the other people who have come there to eat. While placing the order, you can either choose to be rude to the waiter or you can opt to be polite and humble. The same goes for the taxi driver who takes you to the restaurant and brings you back home.
#3. Do Some Charity
No matter who you are, where you live and what you do, if you have the time and the resources to be reading this article right now, we can already say that you are more fortunate than many in this world. Some people cannot afford to buy new clothes for themselves let alone buy a smartphone or a laptop. If you really want to be kind to strangers, then do some charity to help people who are not as fortunate as you. They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and that is true in the literal sense. Your old clothes or shoes could actually bring a smile to the face of a poor person.
#4. Compliment People
Does it not make you feel amazing when somebody you know gives you a compliment? Now imagine the euphoria when a stranger walks up to you and tells you that you have a really nice smile or really likes the top you are wearing today? Would you not want to make someone experience the same feeling? So, do not hesitate to tell a stranger that you like the scarf that they have worn to add to their look or that the scent they are wearing is really nice. It feels great when someone you know compliments you but the feeling of being complimented by a stranger out of the blue does not compare to anything else.
#5. Offer To Help
Sometimes, you do not even have to help anyone to be kind to them, your words suffice. Simply asking them if you could be of any assistance to them can be good enough. For instance, you are traveling by bus and you see someone crying. What would you do? You can’t just go up to them and try to console them or try to make them laugh. Merely offering to help can be enough in some circumstances.
#6. Make Small Talks
You can be kind to strangers by simply talking to them. Now tell us, is that really so hard? Not everyone is a master of making friends or mingling with others at social events, and for them, it can get a little too overwhelming in social gatherings. They stand in the corner waiting for someone to approach them and mostly no one does. You can come to their rescue at times like this. Even if you are not that good at making small talks yourself, you can find courage in the fact that they are standing alone awkwardly and no matter what you do or talk about, it is going to be better than that.
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#7. Show Gratitude
In this fast-paced life that whizzes by us before we even realize what is happening, it is incredibly convenient to be forgetful about all the nice things that people do for us. If anyone does you a favor, like merely holding the lift for you or offering you a seat in the subway, show your gratitude towards their kind gesture. Also, you must not forget the three magical words – please and thank you – that are at the core of being kind.
Not everyone in this world is as lucky as you to have good clothes to wear, nice home to enjoy a good night’s sleep in or have a job like yours. Some are barely surviving in this difficult world without a roof over their head, enough money to pay for their meals, clothes to wear or someone to take care of them when they are old. These are the strangers who need your most help and you can perform an act of kindness for them by volunteering with organizations that are working for them.
So, we have given you enough reasons and tips on why you should be kind to strangers and how. Whenever you get the chance to be nice to people and help them in their time of need, do not hesitate. You do not even have to wait for an opportunity to come your way. Get out there and help the first person you come across who needs your help. Tell us how you be kind to strangers through your comments.