“The argument has long been made that we humans are by nature compassionate and empathic despite the occasional streak of meanness, but torrents of bad news throughout history have contradicted that claim, and little sound science has backed it. But try this thought experiment. Imagine the number of opportunities people around the world today might have to commit an antisocial act, from rape or murder to simple rudeness and dishonesty. Make that number the bottom of a fraction. Now for the top value you put the number of such antisocial acts that will actually occur today.
That ratio of potential to enacted meanness holds at close to zero any day of the year. And if for the top value you put the number of benevolent acts performed in a given day, the ratio of kindness to cruelty will always be positive.” – Daniel Goleman, Social Intelligence
I just feel like saying thanks today for all the GOOD.
I love the man behind me at the post office today who I inconvenienced when I couldn’t figure out the parking lot through the construction. He could’ve been so annoyed at me for stopping in the middle of the driveway and turning the car all weird. Instead he got out with a smile and helped me with my wheelchair after we both found parking spots.
I love my sweet neighbor who opened up her home today so we could visit with friends while our kiddos laughed and played.
I love the guys who were goofing off and scaring people at the corn maze over the weekend, but they saw our little boys walking bravely with their cute little flashlights, and they were very careful to not scare them.
I love the guy at the office who heard our boys cry when they got their flu shots, and ran to the vending machine to get cookies to cheer them up.
I love that when I smile at strangers they smile back.
I love the happy pictures I see on my social media feed of people enjoying time with their loved ones.
I love people. I love that, in any moment, I can look around at my world and find so much to be thankful for. I LOVE that the ratio always comes out positive for kindness. Add to that. Focus on that. Make the good louder because, what a wonderful world! 😊❤️