Written by: Nicole Yelsey
Recently I went through a self-reflection exercise where I defined what motivates me and why I get up in the morning. I am motivated, both in my work and personal life (which there is an increasingly grey line between) to truly make other people’s lives better. I believe that Acts of Kindness are the core of how we can help improve other people’s lives through our daily actions.
COVID-19 has had a devasting impact on human connection and the toll on the human psyche will have lasting and unknown effects. At the same time, it seems the news would want us to think that people are inherently unkind, unempathetic, and polarized. I wholeheartedly believe that is incorrect and that humans have a desire at their core to be kind. We need to recreate a world where Kindness is amplified and encouraged, and empathy is taught and valued.
While 2020 had lots of darkness, the hard times also brought out incredible Acts of Kindness from people across the world of all different backgrounds. While the major news networks seemed to focus on amplifying the negative, 2020 also saw many fresh perspectives choosing to focus on the silver linings and spreading Kindness. Some of my favorites include SomeGoodNewsNetwork, Upworthy, and TanksGood News. These each showcase all of the good and inherent Kindness in people.
Celebrities and influencers of all types also took it upon themselves to use their platforms to instigate honest dialogues and to make others’ lives better. For example, Dolly Parton donated $1M to expedite the Moderna vaccine, Tyler Perry purchased groceries for thousands of seniors and at-risk individuals, and Kristen Bell and Dax Shephard waived rent for their tenants and started a free virtual camp for kids and parents during the height of lockdown. These are just a few examples of the many, many stories that make me smile and inspire me to continue to use our own resources to be Kind and do our part to make other people’s lives better.
When I learned about KindWorks.AI, I was instantly excited because it’s the best platform I can imagine to spread Acts of Kindness exponentially and impact huge numbers of people in a positive way. I’m encouraged by the platforms and people I mention above, and many more, who are sharing Kindness through impactful action. Through the unique technology at KindWorks.AI, we can grow these network effects of Kindness by encouraging every individual to spread Kindness.
I can’t imagine any opportunity that motivates me more than that prospect of spreading Kindness to improve the lives of millions.