In our society, we get very caught up in thinking about whether or not we are “happy.” Pursuing it with abandon. Leaving jobs, and friendships, and marriages, when our happiness level doesn’t seem like it’s high enough. Self-help books and magazines, as well as websites, tell us we should be happy and that if we’re not, we should shed ourselves of everything that doesn’t match up.
I’ve been thinking a lot this week about kindness, and what that means. And really, isn’t it anything, even the smallest thing, that changes the moment, or our day, or even our way of thinking? We all know what it’s like when someone does something unexpectedly kind – how touching and wonderful that feels. It has the power to turn around our whole day. What would it be like if we could all do those things, all the time? I would argue that the world would feel very different.