“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”Amelia Earhart
Did you know that November 13th is World Kindness Day? I think I speak for everyone when I say the world could use a little more kindness lately. We’re bombarded with terrible images in the news, the impacts of COVID, climate change and even the US election.
Truth be told I find it difficult and anxiety-inducing to even listen to the news. As much as I want to be aware of current issues, sometimes it’s just better to bury my head in the sand.
There is certainly a distinct lack of kindness circulating the world right now. So it’s up to us to help spread a little joy among the darkness.
Why do we need kindness?
Kindness in its simplest form makes the world a better place. How many times has someone said or done something nice for you, and left you feeling gratitude towards them? It makes you feel like there’s some goodness in the world and can even encourage you to go out and do some good of your own.
Of course, we can’t forget about ourselves in all of this. In order to stand true to kindness, we also need to be kind to ourselves, no matter how difficult a task it may seem.
10 Simple Reasons To Be Kind.
1. Being kind to others makes you (and them) feel good.
Kindness not only makes other people feel good but it also makes us feel good. In fact, there’s scientific evidence to suggest that the psychological benefits of kindness reflected in the circuitry of our brains. When we’re kind to others we create and nurture neural pathways that enhance our feel-good endorphins.
What some proof?
A study by the Department of Psychology of Tohoku Gakuin University, Japan, looked into the relationship between happiness and kindness.
Their results showed that happy people had a higher score on their motivation to perform kind behaviours. Furthermore, happy people have more happy memories in daily life.
Who would have thought that happiness was increased by carrying out acts of kindness?
2. Kindness causes a positive spiral.
Kindness is contagious. By being kind to others you could be starting a cycle of positivity! By performing acts of kindness, it encourages others to do the same.
To put it simply, by being kind we’re helping to make the world a nicer place.
3. It’s Free!
For the most part, you don’t have to spend anything to be kind. Sure, you can buy someone a coffee or a bunch of flowers, but there are simpler ways to spread joy.
Need some inspiration?
- Hold open the door.
- Help a friend move house!
- Give someone directions.
- Write a love note to your spouse, partner, kids, roommate or parents.
- Why not cuddle with your pets? Because our pets are people too!
- Spend some time with your grandparents or parents. Failing that, why not visit an old people’s home and spend some time with them?
- Compliment someone. Feeling bold? Compliment a stranger.
It really doesn’t cost much (or anything) to be kind.
4. Being kind can make a huge difference to someone’s day.
You never know the impact you’re having on someone’s day. Maybe they’ve had an awful morning and feel like nothing’s going right, or perhaps they’ve just received some devastating news. We can’t possibly know exactly what people are going through in their personal lives, therefore it’s always important to think before we speak.
So, when you hold the door for an old lady you could be reviving her faith in humanity. When you’re nice to a customer service assistant, you could be the one ray of sunshine among a host of rude patrons.
Always choose kindness, no matter how little an impact you think it’ll make.
Have you ever tried chatting for charity? Check out this great post by The Good Thing Is Though all about how you can get involved in helping people over the phone.
5. Kindness helps open up your mind.
Being kind to others shows empathy. It helps us listen to others and discover new perspectives on the world. We’re better able to exercise compassion towards others even though we might not necessarily understand their situations.
6. Many friendships are built on kindness.
How many friendships begin by befriending someone in the playground or budding up with the new addition to the office? Some of my longest-lasting and meaningful friendships have been built on the foundation of unconditional kindness and love.
I’ve even found that when I do something nice for them I also feel good by default. It’s a win-win all round!
7. It’s a good habit to have!
Kindness and being kind to others is possibly one of the best ‘habits’ to have. It’s something that you’ll be respected for and, hopefully, your good efforts won’t go unrewarded. With that being said being kind to others is NEVER about the reward, but it’s a bonus!
8. The rule of three.
As someone who loosely follows the pagan sabbaths, I’ve always been a fan of the rule of three. This is built on the belief that whatever you put out into the world will come back to you threefold. If you spread kindness and empathy, you’ll receive it back by the bucket load. Likewise, if you spread hatred.
Or at least that’s the theory behind it.
9. Being kind to yourself helps with our own self-esteem.
Self-care and self-love go hand in hand. We wouldn’t speak to our friends with hatred and disdain, so why would we speak to ourselves that way? In order to build and maintain a healthy self-esteem we need to think about how we speak to and treat ourselves, as well as those around us.
10. Do we really need a reason?