It is said that humans remember the bad so that when goodness crosses their paths, they can cherish it even more.
Kindness is the contagion that brings people together. With the influx of stress and anxiety brought on by the critical global challenges—war, a failing economy, racial injustice, and the COVID-19 pandemic—psychological stress is now a common ailment. However, there is a silver lining to these existential hardships we all face. In an era where the world is now online and digital turns into the new social, people are finding new ways to proactively nurture positive human connections and social interactions with each other. Yes, kindness leaves an everlasting imprint, but the universe also works in the most mysterious ways.
Whatever you say to a person—good or bad—they never forget it. However, as they say, humans remember the bad ones so that when goodness crosses their paths, they can cherish it even more. Similarly, kindness can reunite people, regardless of how long it has been since they last met. You may have said something to someone that left them with a loving memory of you, and believe it or not, karma will reward you for your compassion. Recently, the Reddit thread (r/MadeMeSmile) solely dedicated to posting wholesomeness has shared a photo of a conversation between two people who allegedly went to the same high school.
The post garnered over 20K upvotes and 658 comments. It begins with the sender telling the receiver (Devin) they went to the same high school in Pennsylvania. They add, "I remember you telling me my hair looked nice one day, and your random, sweet comment brightened my day. Over 20 years later, I still think about how nice that was." A supportive comment might help someone feel better about themselves when they feel self-conscious about their appearance or clothes. You can have a bad hair day or a wardrobe malfunction, but if somebody said something nice about it, you would surely love it. Often, it is unplanned opportunities that assist in boosting people's self-esteem and confidence.
Devin responded to the unexpected text message by stating that they did not recall the comment but were happy that it helped them feel better. Whether it's kindness on the subway, on a college campus, or at the workplace, it’s all around us. As Maya Angelou once quoted, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Indeed, kindness is the only alchemy that can restore humanity. The comment under this Reddit thread was as wholesome as the post, and some even shared similar experiences they had found themselves in.
"Have always fostered the idea that handing out a genuine compliment should be a regular part of your day. Costs nothing and is nice to be on the receiving end of one," commented u/Lemonwater925. "I had just gotten a new haircut and this random old lady in her 80ies complimented me in the dentist's waiting room "That's a very nice haircut young man". I was 43 at the time," added /NulloK. "I will never forget being in the bathroom in high school & the most adorable girl ever was in there with me & she told me she thought I was pretty! I was shocked & I did thank her & told her she was the good-looking one (she was) and I made myself a promise to always compliment my fellow females whenever I can. Just seems extra nice," said u/MyTurkishWade.