Being kind. It’s a simple principle, it’s as old as time and in today’s society, it’s more important than ever.
Today’s world is a challenging one. There are plenty of things to worry about. Serious things that could affect us, our children and our children’s children. Knife crime, Brexit, climate change, the list is almost endless. It’s a wonder we get out of bed in the morning!
But when you think about it, it’s kindness that helps us do just that. The kindness of our friends and family, the kindness of our colleagues and the kindness of strangers. A simple act can change someone’s day, help them cope, help them thrive. And it’s not all about the other person – being kind has been shown to benefit the giver as well as the receiver – acts of kindness can strengthen relationships, increase your sense of satisfaction with life and helps with general well-being. And it rarely costs anything.
The building blocks of kindness – being friendly, generous, considerate and caring – are completely free. And, as an added bonus, it turns out they’re contagious.
“When we see other people around us acting in generous, kind or empathetic ways, we will be more inclined to act that way ourselves.” Jamil Zaki, assistant professor of psychology, Stanford University.
In the spirit of “paying it forward”, one kind gesture can lead to a whole chain of kind events. What you did for one person could benefit someone you’ve never met in ways you can’t imagine. All it takes is getting started.
So, as we come to the end of week that has seen a number of charities focus on Anti-Bullying activities and included World Kindness Day 2018, if there’s one thing we can take away, it’s that whatever challenges you’re facing, whatever your circumstances, we can all be kind and we can all make a difference – just think about your actions and introduce a little kindness into your day.
One of my acts of kindness for today? Sharing the following video from firefighter Jeff Bezos to help illustrate/remind you that it doesn’t need to be a grand gesture, the little things make a difference too.