“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”….. Mark Twain
Kindness is one of the most admirable traits a person can have. Though to many of us, kindness is a natural human instinct, and acts of kindness, including most of our thoughts just come naturally. This however isn’t true for everyone, because for some, being kind is a hard thing, especially if you grow up in or are constantly around the type of environment that doesn’t really illuminate kindness.
In order to establish a kinder and gentler life, we must first transform our thinking. If we always think of negative and hurtful things, words out of our mouth and our actions will spew a negative and hurtful energy. This seems to hold truth for the opposite as well, because the more positive we think, the more positive our actions will become naturally without much effort. So from this day forth, whenever you find yourself thinking negative or hurtful things, immediately stop yourself and reinforce these thoughts with positive thoughts.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is, to a certain degree, fighting a battle daily. Here are some suggestions on how to Spread the Kindness. It may be difficult for some initially, but once you’ve done it, you might be surprised how far kindness will take you. Not to mention how good it will make YOU feel giving to another.
1. Be generous with your smile. It’s free but can turn a challenging day into a brighter one.
2. Surprise someone with an unexpected thoughtful gift no matter how small.
3. Call and checkup or drop a note on Facebook on a friend to make sure they are ok.
4. Volunteer time to help the poor and needy.
5. Send a handwritten note, postcard or email telling someone why you appreciate them.
6. Give to a person who seeks help without judging their intentions.
7. Show up at your friend’s special events.
8. Remember your friend’s birthday and do something special for them.
9. Accept, unconditionally the people around you.
10. Share an act of kindness with a stranger e.g. helping the visually handicapped to cross the road, opening the door for a lady pushing a pram, etc.
I would like to add on to the last point… My hubby’s heart goes out to those old women who go around collecting carton boxes or empty cans and he will never fail to shove a $10 note (sometimes $50 depending on situation) to them whenever he sees one. To us it’s just $10 but to these people, it could mean a meal for the entire family, or a few meals for that one old lady. My 9 year old daughter likewise, has this tendency to whip out a $1 coin from her own pocket-money to donate to the less privileged, be it visually or physically challenged, whenever she sees one.
Remember, those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. If you want others to be happy, practise compassion. If you want to be happy, practise compassion
So, what are you waiting for? Spread the kindness around and make this world a nicer place!