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11 Ways to Show Kindness on the Internet

11 Ways to Show Kindness on the Internet


Thanks to the Internet it has never been easier to be kind to others. “The world is built upon kindness,” King David says in Psalms. G‑d created the world with the attribute of kindness, and we help sustain the world with the kindness that we extend to others. Virtual kindness should not replace caring for others in our immediate spheres, and one must use necessary caution to ensure that all technology is used properly. However, what social media lacks in depth, it can make up for in scale and reach.

The following are some examples of virtual kindness that everyone can implement, which will leave a positive impact on the people in your networks.

1. Employment

According to Maimonides there are eight levels of charity. The highest level of charity is helping people earn a living on their own. Help friends and colleagues find a job by connecting them with potential employers or by giving them a good recommendation on LinkedIn. Did you enjoy a particular service or a product? Write a positive review on the vendor’s social media page.

2. Keep the Peace

Our sages in Ethics of the Fathers say, “Become a student of Aaron, love peace and pursue peace.” If you see a thread that is descending into a verbal fist fight, try to defuse the situation with a helpful comment, and don’t fan the flames of disagreement.

3. Get Well Soon

It is best to visit the sick and not merely call or send a card; however, when it isn’t possible to visit a sick person, a phone call is acceptable. A text message is less personal than a phone call, but it is appreciated by sick people who feel vulnerable, especially if they are only acquaintances.

4. Happy Birthday

Birthdays are a time to celebrate the arrival of our unique souls to this world and a time to examine what we have accomplished. Help others celebrate their special day and their uniqueness. Virtual birthdays, when packed with birthday wishes, can be an amazing experience. Invest 30 seconds once a year, and make someone feel unique. You can find out when someone's Hebrew birthday is by using the Jewish Birthday Calculator.

5. Sold

Someone you know is selling their home, car or bicycle? Like or share their post. It doesn’t cost you anything, and you may be the catalyst for the sale.

6. Laughter

The Talmud says that comedians who make people laugh are worthy of entering the world to come. One talmudic sage was famous for opening his lectures with a joke as it would make the students’ minds more receptive to learning. Making people smile is that important. Post clean and harmless funny stories and jokes that make people happy. The smile on the reader’s face may be your entrance ticket to the World to Come.

7. Create and Moderate Groups

Create groups and virtual communities to enable people with common interests, needs, professions or locations to mobilize, support and share knowledge with one another.

8. Life Cycle Events

If you observe the happy and sad moments of people on your feed, don’t ignore them. Acknowledge those events with a few kind words or even just a like. Train yourself to show concern for others. If you know the person well, follow up with a phone call or a visit.

9. Love Your Neighbor Like Yourself

The Internet is a powerful means to rally together to do good in the world, whether it is raising money for a charitable cause, supporting someone who has shared distressing news, cheering someone on for their successes or drawing attention to important issues. You can start practicing by sharing this article :).

10. Teach Your Children

Discuss with your children how to become responsible digital citizens. Saying “the Internet is waste of time” doesn’t absolve adults from taking responsibility for this aspect of our young people’s lives. Our children are digital natives and may spend many hours on the Internet. It is worthwhile discussing how to make the digital world a more positive (and safe) one for them.

11. Be Real

Don’t ignore your virtual friends and acquaintances when you meet them in a real-life setting. If you spend time reading people’s posts, invest a few moments of your time to say hello when you see them in person. Use your social media feed as positive springboard to keep in touch with old friends and to build new friendships and acquaintances.

Post your examples of virtual kindness…

Rabbi Carmi Wisemon is the director of Sviva Israel and an Israeli high-tech professional.
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Anita Brem Israel January 11, 2018

I think all the points are amazing and I will share them Reply

Esther Portugal November 7, 2017

I think all you said it is all very good and fair.I try allways do my best. Shalom.Toda raba.Shavua tov. Reply

Anonymous Brussels via November 17, 2017

Thanks. I felt more positive after reading these points and it opened up things I do not yet do. So they first thing to do is express my gratitude! Reply

(Aaron)Milton Colaço lisboa, Portugal November 16, 2017

if only everybody thought like this, we would have PEACE in this world Reply

Heather Guiloff London November 16, 2017

really useful comments, especially about our children- we can't ignore the Internet and can use it for good. thank you Rabbi Carmi ! Reply

Anonymous November 15, 2017

Great ideas! Reply

Samantha November 14, 2017

Not an example of virtual kindness, but still worth posting: Leave a nice note inside a library book. Reply

Patricia Florida November 15, 2017
in response to Samantha:

What a delightful and warm suggestion. Thank you! Reply