Asked on Quora: The hashtag KindnessMatters is so prevalent on social media, why does kindness matter?
Kindness or altruism can be defined as an action which benefits another individual, often without the expectation of reciprocity or compensation.
If we limit our exchanges to only that which serves our self-interest, we limit our connections, our thoughts, our social circle, and our own happiness.
When we express kindness through action, it is a way of extending our faith in humanity and in ourselves. This creative force, when unleashed from the constraints of self-limiting expectations of reciprocity, has the power to affect great change.