We live in a world based on based on achievement and competition. Many times, we’re looked upon as weak for being too nice. We become cynical, pessimistic, and hard. Thinking that it is the only way to survive. What we do not realize is that we are shaping ourselves into something that is not us. Through these barriers we create to limit ourselves to be open to trust and kindness we are eliminating the purest qualities of being human.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu
Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Affection, gentleness, warmth, concern, and care are words that are associated with kindness. While kindness has a connotation of meaning someone is naive or weak, that is not the case. Being kind often requires courage and strength.
I can say this from my personal experience while I was on my 4-year long sabbatical. I participated in various random acts of kindness that went far to create a better world for me and others. One of the acts transformed my hatred into love for the police forces in my city.
Kindness is a simple concept, yet so very impactful. It can make the world a better place by ending suffering at the hands of war, hunger, human rights violations, and injustice. It has the power to drastically improve our own well-being as well as that of our families, friends, acquaintances, and strangers.
Every act of kindness creates a ripple effect that spreads from person to person with no end in sight. It’s contagious like a disease in which the outcome is divinely beautiful. There are multiple benefits of kindness:
- Releases feel-good hormones
- Eases anxiety
- Good for your heart
- Helps you live longer
- Reduces stress
- Creates better relationships
- Fewer negative emotions
- Boosts self-esteem
- Better performance
There are different ways to practice kindness. One way to be kind is to open your eyes and be active when you see people in need. Do you notice when people could use a helping hand? A sense of community is created when people are kind to those who need help.
Each act of kindness might seem small, but it’s actually changing the way we see ourselves, the way we see others, and the way others see us.
There are many ways to be kind and many opportunities to practice. Perhaps kindness is a value that could add more satisfaction to and strengthen your relationships.
Kindness includes being kind to yourself. Do you treat yourself kindly? Do you speak gently and kindly to yourself and take good care of yourself?