Being Kind: Everything You Need to Know

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Did you know that there is a difference between being nice and choosing to be kind to someone? These two types of behavior might seem similar, but only one of them can leave a lasting impact on others. A nice person is polite and respectful of others, by treating them well.

A person showing kindness goes the extra mile by showing another person that they genuinely care. Being kind: everything you need to know. 

While we certainly need more of both these types of people, it’s the simple acts of kindness that will change the world. Mark Twain once said, “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Kindness can be personally felt by others. 

Being Kind: Everything You Need to Know

Being Kind: Everything You Need to Know 

So ask yourself, what kind of person am I? More than likely, you’ve always considered yourself to be a nice person that occasionally goes out of your way to brighten someone else’s day.

That’s awesome! But are you ready to take it to the next level and spread kindness with a smile more regularly?

The world could certainly use more of that kind of version of you. Keep reading to find out more about the power of kindness and everything you need to know about it.   

It Requires so Little Effort 

For whatever reason, we think that showing someone a little extra kindness demands too much time or effort on our part. That’s one reason why so few of us practice it often.

Plus, it doesn’t help the fact that we so easily get caught up in our own world. But the truth is, showing kindness requires very little effort and just takes a few extra moments of our time.  

It Doesn’t Have to Require Our Resources 

Some people remain on the sidelines of showing kindness to others because they believe they will be required to spend money or give from their possessions, which is something they don’t believe they can afford.

The truth is, there are so many ways to show kindness that doesn’t involve handing a homeless man a $5 bill. Just spending time listening to that person may be a way of showing kindness. 

Benefits of Showing Kindness  

It’s Contagious 

One awesome benefit of kindness is that it’s extremely contagious. When someone goes out of their way to encourage or lift your spirits, it becomes natural for you to want to pass that kindness on to someone else. You’ve heard the term slogan “pay it forward.” More often than not, if you help someone today, that person will help someone else tomorrow.

Makes You Feel Good 

Showing kindness has proven itself time and time again, to not only brighten someone else’s day but also make you feel good too. When we start caring more about the people around us, we’ve finally come to the realization of why we’re here in the first place.  

Makes Others Feel Good

This one is pretty obvious, but is important to note anyway. Being kind to others makes them feel good, and happier on the inside. 

You’ll Have More Friends

In most cases, people that are kind to others, usually have many friends. Who couldn’t use more friends in their lives? Whenever you’re feeling down in the dumps, you’ll have so many more people that love you that you can fall back on.  

It Can Have a Lasting Impact on Others

Have you ever spent time with a less-privileged child that just needs a little love and kindness shown to them? If you have, then you know that you’ve placed joy in their heart that they might not have experienced otherwise. 

You may be the one that puts enough fuel in their tank for them to grow up and become incredible motivational speakers or leaders.

Or how about being the one person on the planet that takes the time to show kindness to an elderly person for the last time? How great of an opportunity is that?

What makes these moments even more special is that on this side of forever, we may never know just what type of impact that we had when we chose to express random acts of kindness to others.    

Simple Lessons About Kindness to Remember

The Golden Rule

All of us when we were younger were taught the golden rule at one point or another. Simply stated, “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.” When a person stops to emphatically consider another person’s situation, it can keep them from saying or doing things that prove to be harmful to them.     

Choose to Take the High Road

How many of you love to read the snide comments that people leave for complete strangers on social media? I’m not going to lie, some of them can be clever and really funny, but stop and think about what we are promoting when we laugh at it.

In essence, we are condoning their hurtful words, or feel as though they may have been deserved. So many people can get downright nasty with their comments.

Maybe you’ve been guilty of this in the past? Just imagine if those insults were being spewed directly back at you and how that would leave you feeling. Choose to take the time to leave a kind comment for that person instead.    

If You Can’t Say Something Nice, Don’t Say Anything At All 

While we’ve already brushed on this with being able to leave comments to complete strangers, the words we speak out loud are just as important. You see, the words that we say can be life or death for the one listening. We hear all the time how young people have taken their own lives based on verbal bullying by others.

So what will you allow to come out of your mouth? Choose to speak words based on a kind life, to be an encouragement for others, and be the type of person everyone loves to be around.  

Remember to Be Kind to Yourself

We have a tendency to beat ourselves up when we fail and don’t measure up to where we would like to be. Remember to be kind to yourself. 

That way it’s easier for you to get back up and on course so that you can strive towards your full potential. So stop beating yourself up and show yourself some kindness.   

Final Word

I hope that you found these words to be both inspiring and uplifting. If they have, don’t wait to put them into practice. You never know whose world you may drastically change by doing so. 

If you’re needing a few ideas on how you could get started, check out these amazing stories of ordinary people that express simple acts of kindness to others.  May God bless this world, Linda

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14 thoughts on “Being Kind: Everything You Need to Know

  • March 28, 2020 at 7:12 am
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    Wonderful posting Linda, kindness is needed now more then ever, stay safe, God Bless…

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    • March 28, 2020 at 7:54 am
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      Hi Hearl, thank you so much! We really do need kindness now more than ever. God bless you, my friend, Linda

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  • March 28, 2020 at 10:02 am
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    Love this post, Linda ~
    I consider myself a nice person but…There are some people I know who just plain push my button and it makes it VERY difficult to be nice to them. It is just my sin nature for sure! When I am not in a particularly “good” frame of mind, I try my best to avoid those people because I know myself and I just cannot manage to be nice! I am a work in progress!

    Where I live, there is a large homeless population. It has taken me a lot of prayer and talking to myself to overcome some of my disregard for them. I have “trained” myself to stop and talk to them. I don’t generally carry cash so while I want to help them out, I cannot often do that – they most often want money. What I do instead is talk to them. I introduce myself and find out their name, call them by name and listen to their story. If I meet them at the grocery store, I try to purchase something for them. It makes me feel good but what it does for them is lets them know that they are important. Important enough to be heard.

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    • March 28, 2020 at 10:14 am
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      Hi Leanne, I know you are a very nice and kind person. It’s really hard for me to see homeless people because I know they have a family somewhere. It could be they are at odds with family members, we will never know. But when I see some, I know they have a story. I love your comment, you talk to them and listen to them. Everyone needs to know someone cares about them. Great comment, Linda

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  • March 28, 2020 at 10:28 am
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    I love this! It’s so important to be kind.

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    • March 28, 2020 at 11:07 am
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      Hi Jess, thank you so much! It really is important to be kind to one another! Linda

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  • March 28, 2020 at 11:24 am
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    This was wonderful! I hope many people take the time to read it and respond. Thank you for writing it.

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    • March 28, 2020 at 1:34 pm
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      Hi Cathy, thank you for your kind words. I’ve been called “Pollyanna” my whole life even though my name is Linda. I always try to find the good side of everything. My motto, “everything is fixable, don’t worry”. Smile at someone every day, someone needs a smile today. Life is so good, Linda

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    • March 28, 2020 at 6:56 pm
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      Thank you, Linda! This was a lovely post. I read most of your posts. You are a shining light.
      Kindness is so important.
      God bless you.

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      • March 28, 2020 at 7:15 pm
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        Hi Teddy, thank you for your kind words. It seems like so many people are consumed with the COVID-19 and negative TV news I wanted to show the world we can still be kind and nice. We need to step back and enjoy the time we have together. God bless you, Linda

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  • March 28, 2020 at 2:32 pm
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    Hi Linda, Thanks for this post. I have been called either “Pollyanna”, “Miss Goody Two Shoes”. or “Miss Fixit”, at one time or another throughout my life. I’ve taken the names all in stride and proceeded on my way to help whoever needs my help. I am by nature a problem solver and immediately want to fix any problem that anyone has and I hear about it. As I’ve aged, I’ve learned to accept the fact that I can’t fix the world. However, I still want to try. Maybe that’s why I became a nurse. Anyway, If you have a problem you can’t fix, let me know and maybe together we can get it done. 🙂

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    • March 28, 2020 at 7:13 pm
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      Hi Suzanne, oh my gosh, we are both Pollyanna’s, I love it! I love the other two names as well! LOL! Life is so good! I bet you’re right, that’s exactly why you became a nurse!! I think you and I could fix just about anything together! Linda

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  • March 30, 2020 at 6:31 pm
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    I want to thank y’all for the great post! I want to uplift y’all with scripture. Zephaniah 3:14-17. I am a firm believer of the golden rule and I try to be kind to everyone, but there are times when it gets very hard. Right now we are dealing with post concussive syndrome (my husband) I have to keep reminding him that we cannot travel or fly anywhere. But I have hope in Christ Jesus this to shall pass. So I carry on and remember that God loves me and He is singing over both of us (everyone). Thanks for letting me rant. I hope y’all look the verses up for y’all’s self and always hold them in your hearts.

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    • March 30, 2020 at 7:03 pm
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      Hi Paula, thank you for your kind words. I hope your husband continues to improve. May God bless you both, Linda

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