“You can close your eyes to the things you don’t want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel.” – Johnny Depp
Recently I have been doing some research about the psychological and emotional impact that advertisements have on us as humans.
On a daily basis we will encounter several ads or commercials – whether it is in print, on the radio, or on television. Not all of them will have the same kind of impact or influence – some we won’t even remember seeing, or will not even notice that they are there. But there are a few that truly captures our attention and makes us read, listen or watch with great interest.
I have watched quite a few that made me laugh, cry or think. I would like to share a commercial with you for a Thai Life Insurance company. The commercial is in Thai, but it has English subtitles. Please do take the time to view this extraordinary 3 minute commercial titled Unsung Hero.
The term “unsung hero” can be defined as someone who does great deeds and does not receive any recognition for it. In this commercial, the young man performed numerous acts of kindness, and people frowned upon him. In the end, he did not receive recognition, a medal, money, or a better life. No, he received something far greater. He got to witness happiness!
This commercial really got me thinking about how we live our lives each day. Do we do good or kind things and expect people to do the same for us? Or do we do it selflessly – without any expectations?
So the psychological effect that the commercial had on me was to make me think that we should all live the way the young man in the Thai commercial lives. We should live generously. We cannot always afford to give away half our meal or the money in our wallet. But we can give something of ourselves. We can give a helping hand, a hug, a kind word, or even just a smile. I think we underestimate the power of a simple act of kindness.
We live in a fast-paced world where our only concern is ourselves. We need to stop this mentality. We should care about all people – whether we know them or not.
Maybe that casual conversation you had with a stranger is the only form of contact he/she will have that day. Maybe the smile you gave to the person you passed on the street is the only form of friendliness that person has received all day. You see, we can make a big difference in someone else’s life by making small differences in our own.
I know that I am not the only person that feels this way, and I hope that the commercial also touched some of you. I want to witness the happiness in the world. Students of College SA, don’t you?