I have always believed kindness is contagious and that no matter your race, age, nationality, or even income level, we all know the meaning of a smile or the gesture of a wave. My belief was confirmed again this past week while out on a jog with my dog Monkey.
I live in Los Angeles so often there are celebrity tour buses driving tourists around town. Some of the buses are large and covered while many are convertible style vans. The latter style allows tourists to be able to see the celebrity homes or landmarks they are looking at while on tour.
In this case, I was running in a very hilly neighborhood and a tour van passed by me slowly going in the same direction. I looked up and immediately caught the eye of a young twenty-something tourist in the van who was wearing headphones and taking in all the sites. He saw me too. We both smiled simultaneously as if to say hi. With my smile, I was saying “Welcome to LA.” I imagined him thinking, “This is such a cool city and a local person just said hi to me.” I then waved a small gesture and he returned it with a peace sign.
It may seem silly to you but for me, moments like theses are super special. I will never see that guy again. Nor will he ever know me. I could have ignored those tourists. I could have never looked up, but this innocent moment reminded me once again in the faith of humans and kindness. We both took the time to connect with a stranger. I don’t know his story. He doesn’t know mine, but what I do know is that he made my day, and gave me a happy burst of energy which helped me up the steep hill. Thank you stranger….
Here are a few other cool kind acts that are FREE and FUN….
~Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
~Say hi to the person next to you on the elevator.
~Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items.
~Write a kind message on your mirror with a dry erase marker for yourself, your significant other or a family member.
~Practice self-kindness and spend 30 minutes doing something you love today.
~Write your partner a list of things you love about them.
As an Emmy and Genesis Award winning journalist, Lu has worked in the television news business as an anchor and reporter for more than two decades. She is also a former Miss USA, author and animal advocate.