If You Can Be Anything, Be Kind
Kindness is a Super Power
Kindness is a type of superpower.
When you're feeling down and out, kindness is a superb way to lift yourself up and get into a positive state of mind.
Kindness doesn't have to be a big event.
You don't have to change the world.
It can be as simple as making eye contact and smiling at someone or giving a random stranger a helping hand.
Small acts of kindness and positivity can make a person's whole day, and your day too.
We all have the superpower of kindness, but we don't always use it.
If a person you're being helpful to isn't grateful, or they don't respect your kindness, move on.
It's not so much about how people respond to your kindness as it is about you being a good person and doing the right thing.
Kindness makes your heart feel lighter and your soul shine brighter.
Next time you're feeling grumpy, or you're having a bad day, commit a random act of generosity and see what happens.
It might not fix your problem, but it'll sure make you feel better.
And the person on the receiving end, the majority of the time, will definitely appreciate the gesture.
Kindness is a Choice
When life gets difficult and we feel frustrated, our first instinct isn't to go out of our way to be kind.
In times of stress and pressure, our natural reaction is to lash out at the world or beat ourselves up for our own mistakes.
But instead of letting your negativity take over, why not pause, breathe, and choose kindness instead?
Being kind definitely makes you feel happier and more fulfilled, so why wouldn't you do it more often?
Choose love instead of hate, be kind instead of cruel, and exercise understanding instead of judgment.
Being kind doesn't imply weakness; it signifies personal power.
You're making a conscious choice to contribute to making the world a better and friendlier place.
Why Be Kind?
Kindness makes everyone feel better.
As you exercise kindness to yourself and the people around you, hormones like dopamine and serotonin are released.
Both of these brain chemicals are known to help you live a longer, happier life.
When you smile or laugh, your body releases endorphins that reduce your stress levels, so kindness keeps you healthy as well.
It's in our power to be kind instead of angry or resentful, even though it's not always the easiest option.
The more you practice daily kindness when life is going well, the less effort it will take when life gets hard.
The Advantages of Being Kind
- Kindness positively impacts your mental health.
- Having a kind nature reduces anxiety, boosts your self-esteem, and makes you feel happier.
- Being kind decreases feelings of loneliness by feeling more connected to the world around you.
- Kinder people, on average, live longer lives, have better relationships, and become more successful than mean people.
How to Be Kind to Other People
Give Credit Where It's Due
Humans crave acknowledgment and validation.
Giving credit where it's due is a way to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of the people around us.
One way to be a kinder, more friendly person is to credit people who deserve to be credited.
If someone does something well, let them know.
A few kind words of recognition can have a magical effect on people's feelings of self-worth and value.
Offer Your Help
Kindness is infectious.
But in a world full of chaos and negativity, being willfully kind is easier said than done.
One small act of kindness might not seem like much, so why bother?
If you were to offer your help when someone needs it, they just might show your kindness back in return.
You never know whose help you might need in the future.
Imagine you're going for an interview for your dream job, and the person doing the interview is someone you used to be mean to.
What do you think your chances of landing that job would be?
That's one of the biggest payoffs of being kind and respectful.
Offer to help when you see someone who needs it.
One day your kindness will come back to you tenfold.
Give Genuine Compliments
It's incredible how powerful a simple compliment can be in making people feel good about themselves.
Don't be afraid to compliment people.
It not only makes them feel good about themselves, but it also makes you feel good as well.
Providing genuine compliments is a common trait found among leaders and successful people.
They appreciate skill and accomplishment, and when they see it, they acknowledge it.
When you extend your kindness to people in the form of a genuine compliment, you can see the positive impact this one simple act can have.
Reframe Peoples Negativity
Reframing is the ability to shift perspective on a circumstance, person, or experience.
Life can be unpredictable, and when things don't go our way, we tend to lean towards the negative.
But what if it's not a negative?
What if you're simply misreading the situation, and you're blind to a golden opportunity that's right in front of you?
Sometimes all it takes is a slight variation of perspective to completely reframe how we perceive what's right in front of us.
It's part of human nature that we focus on the negative.
Being hardwired with a negativity bias, we pay more attention to bad news than to good news.
When you find someone in a negative state, try reframing their situation to a more positive interpretation than what they're caught up in.
Reality is what we perceive it to be, so why not reframe it to the positive instead of staying stuck in the negative?
Give it a go; you'll be surprised how well it works.
Smile and Be Friendly
Smiling and saying hello is can brighten someone's day.
The simple act of acknowledgment makes people's spirits rise and gives them a nice serotonin boost.
Just a few moments of happiness can radically change a person's state, putting them on a new emotional trajectory.
We never know what someone else is going through.
A genuine smile can make the day brighter and present hope for the future.
Smile and say hello. Give a genuine compliment, and wish people a glorious day.
Train your brain to live in a more positive state.
Sooner or later that positive energy will comes back to you many times over.
How to Be Kind to Yourself
Positive Self Talk
"Self-talk" is that voice in your head constantly chattering away.
Our self-talk influences our thoughts, and our beliefs guide our behaviour.
And finally, our habitual behaviors significantly impact all aspects of our lives.
One way to get into the habit of positive self-talk is to practice affirmations.
Affirmations are used to embed desired thoughts and beliefs deep into our subconscious minds.
Once your mind accepts a thought or belief as true, it incorporates the new beliefs into your personality, and you begin to act as if.
There are numerous affirmations you can use depending on your ultimate goals and objectives.
A common affirmation of positive self-talk is "every day, in every way, my life is getting better."
I repeated this statement to myself every day for 30 days. It might just be a coincidence, but after that 30 days, my life was better than ever.
"Be Kind to yourself, use positive self-talk."
Set Exciting Goals
Meaningful goals are essential for your success, well-being, and quality of life.
Intentions give you direction, purpose, and motivation to keep growing and progressing.
Setting milestones along the way to your goals, and celebrating your successes as you reach them, adds richness and meaning to the experience we call life.
Goals aren't only about the final outcome either.
The real power of goals is found in the journey.
What you learn and who you become has the most significant impact on your personal life and success.
Meaningful aims also give your life structure and meaning.
Being your best self, and living your best life, is the kindest thing you can do for yourself.
"Set meaningful goals that will have a positive effect on your life."
Do More of What You Enjoy
How much time do you spend doing what you enjoy? Probably not enough.
How much time do you spend on things you don't like? Most likely too much.
It's not always easy to take time out for yourself, but if you want to stay sane and have any hope of success, it's something you have to do.
Some find happiness in work; others are most content with their family and friends, hobbies, and interests.
Nothing is more important than your mental and physical health and well-being.
Allocating time to meaningful activities is the key to attaining a permanent state of well-being.
Doing what you enjoy is the same as telling yourself, "I'm important, and I deserve to be happy."
"Be kind to yourself, by doing more of the things you enjoy."
Relax Your Mind, Body and Soul
Mental and physical stimulation is essential in maximizing your potential.
It all comes down to your state of being.
When you're relaxed, and your mind and body are taken care of, you're able to be more, do more, and have more.
Cover the basics first; eat well, exercise daily, and get some good sleep.
Add to that reading, hobbies, or pursuits that center and relax you.
When you attain self-optimization, your thinking becomes more lucid, and your decisions and actions more accurate and effective.
The result of all these factors working together?
A boost in your self-confidence, and what used to be difficult now becomes effortless.
These practices will ensure you have the energy and mental clarity for the highest levels of personal success.
"Be kind to yourself by relaxing your mind, body, and soul."
Self Respect and Forgiveness
You can't live at your potential if you're carrying baggage from the past.
Sooner or later, you have to release it and let it go.
Self-respect and forgiveness from your personal history is the only way to become a better person in the future.
It can be tough facing your mistakes from the past, and it can be even harder to forgive yourself and move on.
Life isn't perfect, and neither are we. We never will be.
Respect and forgiveness is the ultimate form of kindness to yourself.
You can't embrace your future without releasing your past.
"Be kind to yourself - forgive your past mistakes and practice self gratitude for what you have"
Key Take Aways
- Being kind is a superpower.
- When everything is going wrong, and no one cares about you, look around to see who you can help.
- Being a kind person is a choice you make.
- Instead of letting your negativity take over, why not choose kindness instead?
- The more you practice kindness daily when life is going well, the less effort it will take when life gets hard.
- Kindness impacts your mental health - it reduces anxiety, boosts self-esteem, and makes you feel happier all round.
- Always be kind to other people, and to yourself.
Best Quotes About Being Kind
“You cannot do kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” —The 14th Dalai Lama.
“A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.” —Joseph Joubert.
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” —Princess Diana.“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” —Scott Adams.