The power of U. The power of kindness.

Just as the grand Mississippi starts as a small stream and with the additions of water from many individual tributaries becomes a powerful body of water, an act of kindness doesn’t happen in a vacuum, but rather amasses countless subsequent acts of kindness.

That is the Power of U. U have the power to be the instigating force that initiates immense chains of kindness and joy; chains that are impossible to quantify. While the journey of an act of kindness would be incredible to witness, part of the fun lies in the mystery of who has been graced by the ripples of the kindness. Helping a person in Brainerd can travel through the smiles and laughs of dozens of people reaching individuals next door or even worlds over. The potential impact on one act of kindness is limitless.

Studies have shown that humans have a desire to reciprocate gratitude and kindness. In an experiment, people were given free pops and then later asked to buy raffle tickets. Researchers found that people who were given free pop on average bought twice as many raffle tickets as those who were not given a pop. Moreover, professor Dacher Keltner from UC-Berkeley posited that kindness was a primary factor in survival as acting in cooperation increased the survival rate of a group, which would explain humans internal drive for being kind and generous. Furthermore, the fact that laughing and smiling don’t have to be learned and exist across cultures suggests that those communication devices were used as signals to promote cooperation in the earliest of times.

There are countless feel-good stories of people one well-intentioned act resulting in a compilation of kindness. Check this great story and clip  

Pay It Backwards: An Act Of Coffee Kindness

Kindness Boomerang

If you are on the receiving end, be sure not to let the cycle of kindness end with you! Continue adding joy to your community by using one the examples below

 

  • Bring food to share to work.

  • While you're out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.

  • Wipe snow off of someone’s car

  • Each time you get a new piece of clothing, donate an old one.

  • Don't interrupt when someone else is speaking.

  • Email or write an old teacher who made a difference in your life.

  • Compliment someone to their boss.

  • Leave a nice server the biggest tip you can afford

  • Smile at someone on the street, just because.

  • Let someone into your lane.

  • Let the person behind you at the supermarket checkout with one or two items go ahead of you.

  • Make personalized Spotify playlists for your friends

  • Give someone a book you think they'd like.

  • Bring in fun office supplies to liven up the workday for everyone.

  • When you're throwing something away on the street, pick up any litter around you and put that in the trash too.

  • Send anonymous flowers to the receptionist at work.

  • Play board games or cards with senior citizens at a nursing home

  • Listen intently.

  • Babysit for a single mom for free.

  • Hold the elevator.

  • Say thank you to a janitor.

  • Give coupons to someone in a store

  • Send dessert to another table.

  • Text someone just to say good morning or good night.

  • Help your elderly neighbor take out the trash or mow their lawn.

  • Bring a security guard a hot cup of coffee.

  • Purchase some extra dog or cat food and drop it off at Hart

  • Send mail to patients in St. Joeseph

  • Keep an extra umbrella at work and let someone borrow it on their way home if there's a sudden downpour.

  • Make two lunches and give one away.

  • Reduce air pollution by carpooling.

  • Say yes at the store when the cashier asks if you want to donate $1 to a cause.

  • Be encouraging!

  • Help someone struggling with heavy bags.

  • Be kind to the customer service rep on the phone

  • Call your mom.

  • Offer to return a shopping cart for someone loading groceries in their car.

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