One of the qualities we admire most in other people is their level of kindness towards others and themselves.
When we refer to kindness, we are referring to the qualities of being friendly, generous, compassionate and considerate. The kinder we are, the more we are perceived as someone trustworthy and a person that can be counted on to do the right things.
Although we may not always realise it, we are given multiple opportunities to bring more kindness or performance acts of kindness daily. Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a big difference to someone’s day and how they are feeling. Acts of kindness can change a person’s life.
The good thing about performing more acts of kindness is that it can also be beneficial to us in many ways, which can include:
- Improving our relationship with others.
- Bringing more joy and satisfaction into our lives.
- Inspiring others to also show more kindness to other people.
- Helping others cope better with challenges they may be facing.
- Increasing the level of trust others have with us.
Bringing more kindness into our lives does not require us to do major things or make drastic changes to how we do things each day. Oftentimes, all it takes to bring more kindness into our lives is to make some minor adjustments to what we do and how we behave. While the changes we need to make may be small, the impact it can have may be huge.
Here are five simple and practical ways we can bring in more kindness into our lives each day so that we experience more joy and help brighten someone else’s day.
- Give more compliments. We are quick to point out to others what they are not doing well, but it can be a challenge to point out what they are doing well. Sometimes, it just starts with a smile. Compliments we can give others include saying something nice about their appearance, acknowledging something they did well recently, and appreciating them for who they are. Compliments should never be a secret.
- Listen more than your talk. Being fully present with someone and really listening to what they are saying shows that we care about what they have to say. People often just want to be heard and reassured that they will be okay and they are enough just as they are. All it can take sometimes is to say, “I hear you and acknowledge your point of view.”
- Be generous with your knowledge, resources and experiences. One of the characteristics of having an abundant mindset is being generous with what we know and how we can help others. This comes from the belief that there is always more where that came from. Generosity equates to kindness.
- Show empathy and compassion. If we adopt the mindset that people are doing the best they can with the awareness, knowledge, skills and abilities they have, then when they are not behaving like they normally do, that is an opportunity for us to show empathy and compassion. We can ask ourselves, “What could be going on for them to behave in a way that is out of character for them?”
- Read body language better. As the saying goes, “Our body never lies.” Whenever someone is feeling sad, typically their body language will show that they are looking down a lot with their head lowered and their posture weak or contracted. Depending on the situation, that could be a time when we check in with them and reassure them that things are going to be okay. Sometimes showing kindness will require us to uplift others and make them feel better about themselves.
The kinder we are to others, the kinder we will be to ourselves as well. If we practice kindness each day, we will start to form deeper connections and create better relationships with other people, which will enhance the quality of our lives. It all starts with a small step and the willingness to continue making it a daily habit.
Question: What can be another way we can bring more kindness into our lives?
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