Think about how much better the world would be if people were kinder to one another. Think about them being more caring, considerate and thoughtful.
Imagine people being kinder to each other.
Imagine people being kinder to their children. To someone else’s children.
Imagine people being kinder to animals.
Imagine us all being kinder to the environment.
Imagine us being kinder to ourselves. No more name calling and self-loathing (bring that on!)
The amazing thing is we don’t have to imagine it.
We can do it right now. Right this second.
Give a work colleague a genuine compliment or offer to help them with something they are struggling with. Ask a neighbor if they need anything at the local shop. Give someone who needs it your seat on the train. It doesn’t need to be over the top – it just needs to be kind.
Make a considerate and thoughtful gesture.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to be kind at work is to stop gossiping.
It’s not kind to bitch about people.
Every time you find yourself bitching about someone (whether out loud or in your head) make yourself think about their wonderful qualities as well (even if you only say them in your head).
Just as there are a million ways to be mean and nasty there are millions of ways to be kind. Choose the latter.
Being kind isn’t a one-off. It’s not something you fill a monthly quota for. Actively being kind is something we can practice every day to everyone (not just the people we love).
Kindness isn’t some elusive force we need to conjure up. It’s not a limited resource. We can use it whenever the hell we want and there is always plenty more of where that comes from.
If you ever wondered how to follow through on my favorite Gandhi quote
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Kindness seems a pretty good place to start.
Think about your own life, your own personal situation. How can you be more kind?
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