This Fast Food Worker’s Thoughtful Act of Kindness Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

Have you ever really stopped and thought about how a few minutes of your time could completely change someone’s day?

Ridge Quarles used his simple capabilities to help a customer at the Qdoba he works at in Louisville, without any hesitation or time to think through it — he just helped.

Quarles told Fox 59 that this woman (seen in video taken by Dr. David Jones, an onlooking customer), was a regular at the restaurant, to the point where they all knew her order.

“She didn’t get to get out of her house very often… and sadly enough she has to sit outside the restaurant until someone notices her,” Quarles said of the physically disabled woman. One day when she asked him to help her eat, he immediately helped, simply because he was physically capable of doing it. “She needs help, and if I wasn’t going to help her, no one was.”

As a regular customer at the Mexican food chain, Dr. Jones was shocked by the simple kindness he was witnessing and and posted the video with the statement: “If everybody in the world would just use the little simple gift that they have to maybe benefit somebody else, just think what the world would be like.”

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There are benefits to helping other people in our community besides simply making them happy. Have you ever noticed when you’re generous or do something good for someone, you feel good? It’s called altruism, and according to the Mental Health Foundation, “It promotes positive physiological changes in the brain associated with happiness. These rushes are often followed by longer periods of calm and can eventually lead to better wellbeing.” It also reduces stress, because when you’re relaxed, happy, and feel good, your stress feeling are less likely to arise.

To get more active in your community, and reap more benefits of helping others, look for a local organization or simply to small tasks like holding the door open for people, helping loved ones, or making a new friend’s life a little easier.

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The Corporation for National and Community Service even says that those who are more involved in their community even have longer life spans.

Five a few minutes today, and add a few years later — everyone wins!

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