The most amazing consequence of Kindness is that it is IMMEDIATE! The moment you are kind to another, whether in thought or deed; the infusion of inner calm, peace and spiritual warmth is instantaneous. Kindness is contagious without the need for incubation.
The feeling that comes from invoking kindness is an amazing phenomenon. It’s actually a more fulfilling feeling than when you are the recipient of kindness. Take a moment to Pause (one of my favorite words) and think about that—even though Kindness is a boomerang the length of time it takes to return is infinitesimal because the repercussions of the boomerang are less the reward—the warm and fuzzy feelings are actually ignited the moment you initiate the kindness. The return act of someone (or the universe) showing you kindness is nice, but lacks the depth (and in my mind the richness of color and iridescence) that is felt from the initial act. (Side Note: I see my life and feelings as colors. That’s an entirely different discussion to have at another time.)
The important thing to realize is that when we’re down, a little blue (or a lot blue), or when we want to have an attitude adjustment, we know for absolute certainty that if we just whip up some kindness we will instantly be rewarded with all of the amazing feelings that are associated with Joy and Love. This isn’t just my gut feeling, according to this Psychology Today article, “Numerous studies have shown that receiving, giving, or even witnessing acts of kindness increases immunity and the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood in the brain.”
Since I mentioned how I see my life in color, what colors do you imagine with the thoughts and actions of kindness? YES PEOPLE! I hear you loud and clear, “Whoa, Miss Val just crossed over to crazy.” I didn’t just cross over, it’s how I’ve viewed Life forever, in various shades, hues, and vividness of color.
This reminds me of one of my most favorite moments with former UCLA gymnast Sophina DeJesus. We asked our student-athletes for some fun facts and one question was, “What is your favorite color?” Sophina responded, “Sparkle.”
I view kindness as a pastel rainbow of iridescent, which has a calm but consistent flow. Remember that you are the brush and kindness is the paint with which you get to color the world around you—and sometimes that color is sparkle!