We live in a world that simply doesn't show or receive enough kindness.
We go about our days with our headphones in, and instead of being aware of those around us, we often choose to exist in our own little world. Sometimes we are simply just not conscious of our surroundings, but often we are completely aware but make the conscious decision to stay introverted and ignore the fact that there are people besides just oneself on this planet.
People who may be hurting.
People who may be doing just fine.
People who may be in need of a kind gesture.
Despite the needs of others, we often choose to be stingy with our acts.
Why are we acting as though acts of kindness are costing us time or money?
Certainly, there is no additional tax forced upon us each time we speak an uplifting word to another, nor is there a fee for holding the door open for the person behind you.
Thus, reach out: compliment someone's shoes if they stand out to you. Share your umbrella with the person at the bus stop without one. Strike up a quick, cheerful conversation with the cashier if the line behind you isn't long. Reach out to those in need. It may not seem like much, but these little compliments, gestures, and conversations could really go a long way in making someone's day.
This doesn't mean that you must constantly exist in a state of wanting to be joyous and kind. This also doesn't mean that you should be fake and over-extroverted in your extensions of kindness, as kindness that isn't generous isn't really kindness at all. Don't show compassion and care for others for the display – do it because you truly care. Do it in knowing that your small act of kindness could possibly make someone's day much brighter.
It's not a difficult task: just be nice. What do you have to lose?