UCLA launched a new institute in September to study the benefits of kindness. In a world with news reports often dominated by acts of selfishness, violence, intransigence and blind ambition, the results of their studies should bring welcome news! As the researchers expect to discover, kindness leads to a healthier and happier society.
While reading the announcement, I loved their definition of kindness, and wanted to share it with you. The article stated,
“Researchers agreed on an academic definition of kindness: an act that enhances the welfare of others as an end in itself. When it comes to kindness, the intention, rather than the outcome, is key. In other words, it’s the thought that counts, as the adage goes.
“Kindness is complimenting someone to make them feel good, not to get what you want. It’s sending a donation to a charity even if the check gets lost in the mail. It’s contemplating a legitimate reason why a driver who cuts you off might be in a hurry” Los Angeles Times, 9/25/19.
To repeat, “Kindness is complimenting someone to make them feel good, not to get what you want.” There is no selfish desire involved. Kindness is seeing the good in others and validating it with your support, and not expecting to receive anything in return.
The world could use a lot more kindness, and it all begins with you and me.