Light Up Someone Else’s World (and Yours as Well)

An easy mindset shift to build better relationships through random acts of kindness

Yonason Goldson
Change Your Mind Change Your Life

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Have you ever wondered why we call them random acts of kindness? The term has always baffled me. In fact, it left me mildly annoyed.

According to Dictionary.com, random means “proceeding, made, or occurring without definite aim, reason, or pattern.” If so, why do we celebrate acts of kindness for being random? Clearly, the kind acts we perform should be calculated, purposeful, and deliberate.

Shouldn’t they?

That’s what I thought. But then a seemingly trivial interaction opened my eyes to the inherent randomness of what it means to be kind.

You can make something come from nothing

I crossed the synagogue sanctuary one morning to drop a coin into the charity box (as is our custom during the daily prayer service). A young man standing nearby noticed me approaching and thoughtfully pushed the box in my direction.

He moved the box about four inches. And that changed everything.

My arms are plenty long, so those extra four inches saved me virtually no effort at all. But what his simple, reflexive gesture provided me was…

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Yonason Goldson
Change Your Mind Change Your Life

Ethics ninja, keynote and TEDx speaker, recovered hitchhiker, podcast host, and community rabbi at yonasongoldson.com