Kindness is Key

Taylor - Hot Springs, Arkansas
Entered on October 14, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

Kindness is such a small word but leaves an enormous impact on a person’s life. In our generation people often take something so small, such as kindness, for granted. Kindness is such an important part in today’s society because it helps make the world a better place.

On the first day of school, I saw a girl sitting by herself at lunch. I asked my friends if they knew her, and they said they had never seen her before. I soon realized she was new to town and to my school. My mother’s wise words “treat others as you wish to be treated” ran through my head. I immediately got up from my table and sat down beside her. Her name was Hannah. I asked her a few questions to learn more about her. I have never experienced being the new girl; however, if I was in her position I would want someone to be kind to me on my first day.

After we finished eating, I introduced her to my friends. It was like and instant connection between all of us. We sat there and talked like old friends. All of us had something in common with her. All of us play volleyball, and Hannah and I share an interest in medical degrees.

Portraying kindness helped to gain a friendship. A little bit of kindness goes a long way in someone’s heart. I loved the feeling of making Hannah’s first day at lakeside an excellent one. Three years later, Hannah and I are still best friends and greatly enjoy each others company.

It is gratifying to know that if we treat people the way we want to be treated, the world would be a much better place. It only takes one person to change a situation. Kindness costs nothing, is easy to give, and is immensely gratifying to receive. However, with today’s civilization it is easy to overlook the simple act of kindness and it is often taken for granted. This I believe.