I think that, as humans, we all want to do good. A good deed, no matter how big or small, is amazing – we can help to make a positive change for someone else, and we also feel great at the same time.
Everyone wants to be able to make a difference in the world, but that shouldn’t stop us from doing the same thing in our daily lives too. You never know – a small idea you have, or a thought, or an action, might end up saving someone’s life. How about volunteering for an organisation? Or writing a thank-you note? Or donating something you no longer need to a charity? Think of something you can do well, and use it to cheer others up – like performing magic tricks at a children’s hospital, or playing the flute at a nursing home.
Kindness begins at home, so we should all do something – and do it today.
Erica Tin, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Mermorial College
From the editor
Thank you for writing in, Erica. Hongkongers are all so busy these days, with school and exams, extracurricular activities and family gatherings, not to mention trying to meet-up with friends and keep up with everyone we follow on social media. We don’t seem to have time to think about other people.
But as you say, being kind to others can have a huge impact on their lives. It can be as simple as holding the door open for the person behind you, or as time-consuming as planning, organising and performing in a concert at an old people’s home. Any act of kindness will boost the recipient’s mood for at least a few minutes, and encourage them, too, to do something selfless for another person.
World Kindness Day is next month, so if you’re not sure how to bring a little more kindness into the world, why not start on November 13 by saying something nice, or doing something thoughtful for everyone you meet. I promise you’ll feel good about yourself, too.
Karly, Deputy editor