A Small Act of Kindness Can Have a Big Impact

When we deliver a small act of kindness to a friend or even a stranger, it will have an even bigger impact on them receiving this kindness, than it took you to deliver it. Not just that, but people who have received an unexpected act of kindness, are more likely to pass it on to others. At least, that’s what I recently read in a book on solving daily life problems (without taking them or yourself too seriously) by Ildikó von Kürthy, and yesterday I discovered there is a lot of truth in it.

Kamakura Zen Garden

Last night, we came home from work and decided that we were in need of a good meal out paired with a drink or two. No sooner said than done! Out we went to our favourite upscale kushiage (deep fried skewers) restaurant in our neighbourhood. Just as our plum wine on the rocks and miso soup arrived, we heard the loudest thunder, which was so intense that it felt like the building was vibrating. The restaurant staff and us all looked at each other, as we were all a bit scared, but also fascinated at the same time. Minutes after, we heard pouring rain pattering on the restaurant’s attic windows.

Lantern Festival in Kamakura

In an attempt to dodge the heavy rainfall, we ate and drank as slowly as we could, savouring every bite; but surely, there was still wild thunder outside when we finished our meal. We went over to the cash desk to pay and the waitress handed my a big umbrella that she took from their wardrobe. I told her that it’s not ours and she said (in half English, half Japanese): ‘I know. I would like to give this to you to protect you from the heavy rain.’



This simple act of kindness left us feeling grateful, cared for and even more eager to help out others when they are in need. It truly is the simple things in life that can make all the difference.

– Her


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Jen Hodgson says:

    So refreshing to hear something nice and positive. xx

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  2. Mabel Kwong says:

    This was such a good ending to a lovely meal. Not often do you hear of restaurants giving you an umbrella to take away. Usually they clear up wordlessly after you and out the door you go – and ready to attend to the the next customer. Did you end up taking the umbrella and return it? 🙂

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    1. Yes, we took it, it was a live saver in that weather! We go to that restaurant quite often so will return it the next time we go ☺️

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  3. There has been some terrible weather lately. That was kind of them to give you an umbrella!

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