The Power Of Spreading Kindness
‘Kindness is like snow- It beautifies everything it covers.’ – Kahlil Gibran
The current pandemic has given many of us a chance to reflect on life and how we engage with others. Seeing communities come together to support each other and spreading kindness brings an enormous sense of belonging and emotional reward.
But aren’t we, as humans, naturally inclined to being kind?
As social creatures, we depend on each other for support and understanding. We recognise the benefit of working together to share and solve problems in order to achieve many things.
Although we are unable to measure whether the world is becoming a kinder place, we can see examples of kindness in our everyday lives and through the media. Initiatives such as World Kindness Day, marked each year on the 13th November, help us to recognise humanity and power of spreading kindness.
However, when we hear about stories of intolerance and internet trolls, we are reminded that there is still more work to do.
So what can we do to spread kindness in our everyday lives?
Kind Gestures Matter
‘Where there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.’ – Lucius Seneca (Seneca the Younger)
Spreading kindness starts with positive actions. Small gestures that have a ripple effect can develop empathy and unite people. And the best thing is that kindness is free!
Even if you feel you have nothing to give, we all have the power to make someone happy. Here are just a few examples of kindness.
Offer to help or volunteer
Whether it’s helping a neighbour with their shopping or volunteering at a local community kitchen, giving time to support others can make a big difference.
When we feel useful, we feel content. By helping others with acts of kindness, we feel a sense of purpose. This, in turn, has a positive impact on our mental and emotional wellbeing.
Say Thank You
Showing gratitude is one example of kindness for others. You could say it directly to someone or send a letter. Or perhaps create a routine and write a letter to someone different each week to express your gratitude.
Why not leave a kind comment on someone’s blog?
Spreading Kindness with a Smile
A simple smile can go a long way. You may be the sunshine in someone’s day without realising it. The beauty of a smile is that you are likely to get one in return. Life is like an echo – you get back what you give out.
‘A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.’ – William Arthur Ward
The importance of listening cannot be underestimated as an act of kindness. Put down your devices and give your attention to others. When we are present for others, it shows empathy and respect.
Try to include someone new into your conversations or network. Some people may find social situations difficult so being welcomed by others can make a big difference. You could be the one to help others believe in the kindness of strangers.
‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’ – Dalai Lama
Donate Or Raise Funds For Good Causes
Whether it’s donating to a food shelter or running a marathon in aid of a local charity, there are so many ways to show kindness. Organising events, such as fundraisers or sponsored activities, not only supports good causes but also brings people together through shared values.
Show Kindness To Those Who Seem Against You
‘Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.’ – Charles Glassman
When we focus on others rather than ourselves, kindness can bring about a positive mental state. We can show kindness to those who seem critical or unkind towards us. Usually, people react negatively as a result of a fear or insecurity. Try to understand the cause of the uncertainty by showing kindness and compassion.
Spreading Kindness to The World
‘What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?’ – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Show an act of green kindness by being more environmentally aware. Protect nature and wildlife by planting trees or plant flowers that attract bees and other insects. Why not start a community garden?
You can take care of the environment with small gestures such as picking up litter or turning off lights when you leave the room.
Spreading Kindness… to Yourself!
‘When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.’ – William Arthur Ward
Are you being as kind to yourself as you would be to others?
Whilst this may not appear selfless, being kind to yourself will allow you to show more love to those around you. Practicing self-reflection can help you to identify ways to be kinder to yourself, making it possible for you to be your best self for others.
Making an effort to complain less about things and showing gratitude for things you have in your life will change your perspective and allow you to show self-love.
‘Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your modus operandi & change your world.’ – Annie Lennox
Spreading kindness is a strength that has the power to change lives for the better. It can have a healing effect and improve our mental wellbeing, as well as enrich our connection with others.
Have you been surprised by a random act of kindness? How have you shown the power of kindness? Share your stories in the comments box.
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