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
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
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.
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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