I’ve got no idea whether this phenomenon differs between The Netherlands and for example, the United States. But because I find myself in the train and busses quiet often as a student, here’s what I do to make the trip comfortable for older passengers.
It’s always busy at the train station around half past eight in the morning. Everybody is lining up (although sometimes it moreover looks like people are preparing to enter a moshpit) to hop into the train. But quiet often, we seem to forget that old women and men, are also standing beside us.
We want to hurry… We didn’t get on the station in time to get ourselves coffee before entering the train… Which means there’s always a few cranky people standing beside you, waiting for the train. But being cranky doesn’t mean you should push old women aside, now does it?
So here’s what I do as an act of kindness to strangers.
I always help old women and men to enter the train if they look like they could need some help. Same goes for fathers and mothers, who’re trying to carry their kid laying in a buggy on to the train. It’s not that hard to do! And when doing it every morning, you get a true ‘thanks’ from a complete stranger. Which makes you completely forget the coffee you spoiled over yourselves, while trying to catch the train you missed.
It truly helped me to start my day with a smile loads of times. Just because helping people to get where they want, is an act of kindness that also cheers me up!