You're trying to merge in traffic, someone else lets you in. At the grocery, you allow a person in a hurry to go ahead of you in the checkout queue. You get back to your car and find someone has put money in the parking meter.
A new theory called "survival of the nicest" says that because of kindness, the human race prospered as a species. Research shows kindness can also make us happier.
A study of 2016 found those who regularly helped others had better mental health and lower rates of depression. Other studies found helpful people were less likely to fall ill from chronic disease, and tended to have better immune systems. Kindness can help regulate emotions, which has a positive impact on our health.
One synonym for the word kindness is the term humanity. Kindness is essentially a recognition of the fact that we're all human, an acknowledgement that we're all in this together.
It's easy to train ourselves to be kinder. We should simply do more acts of kindness than we usually do, and do them on a regular basis.
Groups with many altruists tend to survive. Altruists cooperate and contribute to the well-being of fellow group members.
So what's altruism you may ask?
Imagine a world where everyone is just a little kinder.
Source: Reader's Digest Australia (February 2009)