Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Playing #God: Showing #ActsofKindness

The kindness of strangers by Ed Yourdon

January 9

Playing God 

Playing God has often meant interfering with some one's life and often leads to negative consequences for both parties involved. Yet I would argue that showing kindness can also be a form of playing God. God mentions kindness in the bible several times. You can see the list at this link.

In the wake of the Newtown Shooting last December, NBC's Anne Curry wrote an article recalling her struggles in 2007 when she was reporting from Darfur. She had an idea. Instead of focusing on the negatives perhaps her followers could show 20 acts of kindness to honor the memories of the children who were lost. She tweeted her idea to her followers stating, "Imagine if all of us committed 20 mitvahs/acts of kindness to honor each child lost in Newtown. I'm in. If you are RT #20Acts" Her tweet went viral. It was later changed to 26 acts in order to also honor the adults who had lost their lives in the shooting as well. 

Once single act of kindness can change a person's life for the better. You never know how your kindness will affect the person.

In 2010, researchers at University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Cambridge and University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom conducted a study on kindness and found that kindness is contagious.  Simone Schnall, of Cambridge, the lead researcher explained. "When you feel this sense of moral 'elevation' not only do you say you want to be a better person and help others but you actually do when the opportunity presents itself. Human nature is essentially good. And this study proves that seeing good things actually makes us better."" 

Showing kindness can make you a better person? Who doesn't want to become that? You can read more about the study at 

I would challenge all my readers to show random acts of kindness today. Can't think of anything? Just google acts of kindness and there will be plenty of ideas you can read about. 

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