When we are young, especially as teenagers, it is almost uncool to be kind to others.
Some people seem to never grow out of this. I see it as a sign of immaturity.
But each and every person out there is going through their own stuff. We often don’t know what it is. As Ian Maclaren said,
Be kind – everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Being kind to someone can be the difference between making them feel good or ruining their day. And it doesn’t take any extra energy to be kind – I think it takes more to be nasty!
I believe the more we are kind to others, the more others will be kind to us, and the world will be a little nicer. Not only that, but I believe being kind to others can make us feel pretty good too. Try this next time you’re feeling crappy: do some random act of kindness for someone else, a stranger if possible. I guarantee you’ll feel better for it.
Something else I don’t think is talked about enough is being kinder to ourselves. How often do you catch yourself talking to yourself in such a nasty way that you would never speak to others? Not only is kindness to others important, but kindness to ourselves is equally, if not more, so. Treat yourself and speak to yourself as you would to a dear friend.
What does kindness look like to you?
How are you already being kind to others? How can you include more kindness in your day?
How kind are you to yourself? Do you find you are nicer to others than you are to yourself? How can you treat yourself a little better?
Note: this post was originally part of a series of 30 life lessons and journal prompts for my 30th birthday. You can access the rest of the lessons and prompts here.