How do we make “kindness the norm”? One way is by starting a “Kindness Log” where you record acts of kindness you have observed or done or of which you’ve been the beneficiary. Endeavor to give the gift of kindness daily as often as you can. Take the time to notice others and any special effort they make and express your admiration and appreciation. Specific praise frequently carries more impact than vague generalities: “Your comments on x were right on point and well summarized” means more than “Great talk”.
Remember birthdays and anniversaries. Look for opportunities to send notes of acknowledgement and recognition for such gracious courtesies mean a lot. The beautiful thing about kindness is that kindness begets kindness. Thoughtfulness, generosity, good-heartedness, courtesy: They are all contagious.
Kindness not only makes the world a better place but will improve your life, your disposition, your mental and physical well-being. And best of all? It costs you nothing and like a smile, no matter how often you share it, you still have plenty.
“Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.” – Eric Hoffer
“I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.” – Lady Gaga
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Diana
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier