Thursday, December 26, 2013

Make the world a better place

2013 is almost over and all of us already have plans for 2014.

As an Indian, I would say that 2013 has had its ups and downs. We have had a lot of good news but unfortunately it has all been negated by a bunch of bad news along with it.

All around me, I see a lot of people who have lost hope. People who think 'Iss desh ka kuch nahi ho sakta!" And why just for the country? I know a lot of people who have given up on their dreams. Given up on the hope that there are good people in the world.

I have been called an eternal optimist by a lot of people. I don't know if they are being sarcastic or are complimenting me but because I am an optimist, I take it as a compliment. :P

I believe that there are a LOT of good people in the world and that all of us have the power to be good.

You don't need money or time to be good to someone. You don't even need a reason. I have realized the power of random acts of kindness.

It might seem too small and sometimes too random but it works like magic. I have seen it change people and I think that is the only way to cheer up a nation that is losing hope.

Imagine your mother is walking home from the grocery store and she has too many bags to carry. A kid from your society helps her carry those bags home. It just took the kid 5 minutes and no real effort but for your mother it will be a reason to smile for atleast a day. She will believe in good.

I love people who are kind and helpful. I don't mean just to their friends which although is important is not thing I am talking about here. I like it when strangers help older people navigate the escalator or when someone holds the lift door for someone or when someone sacrifices something small for someone else they don't know.

Small gestures go a long way.

I was fortunate enough to learn this when I am in my 20s. I have decided to do one good thing for a stranger once a week. I started with once a month but I then thought it was too low a target.

I would urge everyone to do one random act of kindness every month in the beginning and then raise the target based on how comfortable you are with it. I am not saying you have to force yourself to do something nice. Just don't miss any opportunity to do something good. It is more than enough.

If you want ideas about things you can do, leave a comment and I'll suggest something. :)

Merry Christmas and I hope you all have a fantastic 2014. :)



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