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More Reasons To Be Kind

More Reasons To Be Kind

Kindness is one of those things that is easy to forget about when you have a lot going on and it is certainly not always easy to try to be kinder. So why should we make an effort and what is the point? There are 3 important reasons:

  • By being kind to others, you generally are kinder towards yourself
  • You usually get what you give. Some people will be miserable and ungrateful no matter what you do for them, but most people will over time treat you as you treat them. If you want a change in your life, take responsibility for it and make those first moves. Sitting around waiting for someone else to do them could take the rest of your life.
  • It makes your world and the world all in all a nicer place to live in.

Here are 5 ways to live a kinder life:

Express your gratitude. Do not hold in what you are grateful for. Say it, even if it is that you are happy to have brought an umbrella on a rainy day or just saying thanks to someone for holding your bag for a minute. Small expressions of gratitude can make your and/or someone else's day better.

Try to understand the other side. It is easy to stick to your point of view, but keeping your mind open you can gain powerful insights about the other person and yourself too by trying to understand their point of view. This also tends to decrease harshness and negativity and can make it easier to reach an understanding where both parties feel more satisfied with the solution.

Make positive observations about people. This is pretty similar to being grateful for what you have but a more specific habit. Replace the habit of spotting the things that annoy you about people with one where you make small positive observations about them. It could be their great sense of style when it comes to shoes, how they always make you laugh when you need it or simply that they are always on time and be sure to tell them that.

Take the smarter and higher road. Do not be someone that people can walk all over, set boundaries and say no when needed. Also recognize that unnecessary conflicts waste your time and energy and that some people are so addicted to the drama and conflicts that you will never win or reach an understanding between the two of you. There are more fun and good things to spend time on in your life. So try to reach an understanding in a kind sort of way, however, if it is not possible remove yourself from getting drawn into their conflicts and make the day better for both you and them.

Be kind to yourself. It is okay and something that a lot of people do not do enough. It is a healthier way to motivate yourself than beating yourself up. And being kinder to yourself seeps over into your world and how you treat others just like how being kind to others seeps back into how you treat yourself.

Take action on one of these things today. As with any improvement in life, focus on just being more consistent.

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