The Magic of Kindness


Lisa Alioto

09 March 2021 30 comments

Kindness is something that I think is both innate and learned.   For many of us, we simply have a natural desire to be kind to others on a daily basis.  For others of us, we learn it from those in our life, or even from circumstances in our life.

Innate Kindness

Personally, I have found a great source of energy in being kind to others.   I’m not talking about grand gestures.  But the kind of gestures that are easy to do every day in almost any way.  Whether it’s a smile and a hug for a loved one, learning their favorite treat and giving it to them on a challenging day, or holding the door for a stranger.  It’s just me.   To me, this is innate kindness (not to toot my own horn!)

Lucky are we that we live in a world where there are so many people that live with innate kindness within them.  I know that they inspire me to do more, be more.   Some people though, well they take kindness to a whole new level.

Ellen Degeneres

Ellen Degeneres is a perfect example of just that.  On a global level, daily she makes us laugh, lightens our days, and shows us how to be kind in new ways.  Her well-timed humor shows us how to have so much fun at the cost of no one.  And she ends every show with a simple reminder to us all to be kind.

Tied to her kindness is her generosity.  She’s generous in ways that instill further kindness in people.  She supports organizations and people that have exemplified kindness by who they are and what they do to help others.   Ellen…. Now that innate kindness personified!

Learned Kindness

Many of us have learned kindness from great leaders, like Ellen.  We learn not only the importance of it but also how to be kind.    There are so many ways to be kind that sometimes we don’t realize what it really takes.  Ellen and others who exhibit kindness in their daily life show us how to be kind in just about every way and every day.

For me, my kindness heightened when I became chronically ill.  I learned how much a small act of kindness truly means when a person is having a particularly challenging day.   It can cast a beam of light on a dark day, let the sunshine in, and open the door to hope.  It can turn an entire day around.  Knowing this, I’ve made it a mission to be kind to everyone I can, but most of all my chronic illness friends.  This kindness, I have learned.

How Does Kindness Enter Your World?

How do kind acts affect you?   What acts of kindness do you appreciate the most?  Is there anything in your life that has inspired you to be even more kind?

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30 thoughts on “The Magic of Kindness

  1. I completely agree with you! It doesn’t cost a thing to be kind, and you don’t know how much of an impact your kindness can have on someone’s day.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Exactly Miriam – kindness literally is priceless!

  2. Indeed kindness is like magic! It brings smile to many sad face. Kind acts always have positive impacts.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      They sure do WorldUpdates Today! I think that’s why I think of them as so magical!

  3. Kindness is so important, particularly during this time. Thanks for a little morning perspective.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      You are very welcome Adriane – thanks for stopping by and sharing your comment! 🙂

  4. I like to think I have innate kindness. But, I have learned the value of kindness over the years. I am sorry to hear you were ill. I had cancer, which confirmed the value of kindness in my mind, like you experienced. One of the most important things someone can do for someone who is ill is be there and be kind. Thank you for the reminder.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      You are welcome Patricia – I’m very sorry to hear you had cancer but it sounds like things are going much better now, i hope!

  5. You’re so right! I think my journey with Fibro has really led me on a different path. I’m definitely kinder, and more patient. Life is too short to be mean and carry around a bunch of baggage. It costs nothing to be nice.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Sydney – I completely agree. My journey with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis has taught me so much in this regard.

  6. I loved your article. The world really does need more kindness towards each other. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      You are very welcome Inspiroblog – I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

  7. Great article.
    I will appreciate the people when someone needs help from them ,they revert it immediately.

    Because people needs the help at challenging time only.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Thank you for your comments YaAs – I really appreciate it!

  8. I learned kindness from my grandmother. It is a wonderful trait to have. Kind people tend to be full of life.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Grandmothers are such great people to learn kindness from – they seemed endlessly filled with it!

  9. I do see random acts of kindness going on each day. Sometimes it’s overshadowed by acts of selfishness which can diminish them, but in the end, it’s pretty well balanced.

    One discouraging thing is that it’s starting to come out that Ellen may not be as nice as she appears to be on TV. If that’s the case, it’s sad because her whole persona is based on being kind. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take her advice.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I hadn’t heard that about Ellen – I do hope those are just rumors. She seems to exude kindness.

  10. I feel kindness can touch someone’s life in a positive way and make it a better world when we share it. We could all use some kindness now with what is going on with the Coronavirus. I also think it is both innate and learned. I have always admired Ellen and how many lives she has changed by giving of herself to make people happy and give them hope. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I have always admired her too Denise – she seems to be kindness personified, doesn’t she!

  11. Beautiful article and a great reminder to all of us about the power of kindness.

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Thank you Nicole – I really appreciate your kind words.

  12. Dan "Jay" Reyes says:

    Kindness is very important, especially nowadays where most people are hurting and starving and longing for love 🙂

    1. Lisa Alioto

      So very true Dan!

  13. Kindness will give you riches beyond imagination

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I completely agree Kev! Very well said!

  14. I love that kindness brings you good things most of the time. Kindness doesn’t cost anything. It is great that we have people who set the example!

    Nancy ♥

    1. Lisa Alioto

      I completely agree – and there are so many great people out there that set such an exemplary example of how to embody kindness.

  15. Chloe Faulkner

    Kindness is so, so important. Especially at the moment.
    Excellent article Lisa! 😀

    1. Lisa Alioto

      Isn’t that the truth – we could all use a little extra kindness to add some sparkle to our days right now! Thanks Chloe!

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