It’s easy to forget about the power of a smile or the warmth of a heart-felt hello. As we go about our daily lives, wrapped up in the next task on the to-do list, it’s hard to remember to take the time to be kind. Instead, we curse at the car ahead of us that’s going two miles below the speed limit. We lack patience for friends, family members and colleagues who talk too much or who simply aren’t “fast enough.” The clock is ticking. There is no time.
At least that’s how it feels when we are rushing. But the mystics know something we don’t. Time slows down when you do something kind. When you stop to help someone change their flat tire, take a moment to open the door for someone who’s struggling, or take time out of your day to do something nice, your ego lets go of its grip on you and, focussed on something besides yourself, time seems to expland.
It also turns out that one of the best things you can do for your health is to help people — to make someone’s day a little brighter. This tip actually made it into Andrew Weil’s 8 Weeks to Optimum Health. So add a cup of kindness and and reap the benefits of better mental and physical health.