Top 5 Reasons To Be Kind.

Chloe Writes: Did you know that November 13th is World Kindness Day? Before I began my blogging I was unaware of all the international and national awareness days that we have the opportunity to celebrate. Although some are better known than others, I find it interesting when I come across gems like Kindness Day. Why isn’t the more widely known? Surely kindness is just as important as everything else?

“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? Before I began my blogging I was unaware of all the international and national awareness days that we have the opportunity to celebrate. Although some are better known than others, I find it interesting when I come across gems like Kindness Day. Why isn’t the more widely known? Surely kindness is just as important as everything else?

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 potential impacts of Brexit, climate change and just general negativity.

It’s the reason I’ve stayed away from the news and tried to avoid trending hashtags on twitter. Everything is just a little bit too much, especially when recovering from my own trauma.

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.

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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 which 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:

  • Happy people had a higher score on their motivation to perform kind behaviours.
  • Happy have more happy memories in daily life.

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! When we perform acts of kindness it encourages people to do the same.

Simply put, when we’re kind, we help make the world a nicer place to live in.

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 the 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.
  • Cuddle with your pets (because pets are people too).
  • Spend some time with you 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.

5.    Do we really need a reason?

Nope!


Can you think of any other reasons why kindness is important? Maybe you have some ideas on how to spread kindness.

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

Lao Tzu

31 thoughts on “Top 5 Reasons To Be Kind.

  1. I didn’t know kindness day was a thing! We don’t need a reason to be kind as you said because it’s just a nice way to live, but I always try to remember that someone might be looking for a reason not to do something and being kind could be the reason someone stays

    Ash | https://thisdreamsalive.com

  2. I love this! I’ve always tried to be a kind person, even if I don’t feel kind in the moment, and sometimes it doesn’t feel like other people try as much as me. But it’s amazing how when someone IS kind to you, it just makes your day! I wish people would realize that kindness is just a simple thing and really doesn’t take that much energy and effort. It’s a lovely gift and the best thing about it is that usually people pass on that kindness to someone else, like you said!

    Beautiful post and thank you for reminding me World Kindness Day is in a few days. I should really try to up my kindness game that day! 🙂

    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

  3. Love this Chloe, I’ve got a kindness post out tomorrow.

    The impact of kindness is HUGE and it spreads.

    The more we all do it, the more we will receive it and witness it 💕

  4. Love this post. It is everything I’m about.
    Have courage and be kind – Cinderella ✨💖✨ your such a prolific writer. We should co write a book on mental health.

  5. Kindness really is so important and like you say, it costs nothing! You’ve so poignantly summed up why kindness is so crucial. Thank you for sharing!

  6. I didn’t know about this holiday! But it’s so needed. I plan to put this into practice more, and I hope I can instill it in my kids.

  7. Love the sincerity behind this post! A little bit of strangers kindness can really go a long way and it can make all the difference between having a sh** day and an amazing one!!

  8. These are all great reminders. Kindness is something that we can do on a daily basis, but we don’t think about it. It’s so easy to make someones day with a little kindness.

  9. Great reminder that we should be kind to us but we also need to be kind to ourselves! I think we always forget this element of kindness and it’s integral. We say yes to so many other people. We should say yes to ourselves too.

  10. Love this post. Yes, kindness can do wonders. I think back to a time when I was going through a tough time and needed someone desperately to talk to. A co-worker happened to be swinging by and spend the next ten minutes of his time listening to my problems. Helped lifted a weight off my shoulders and I was able to work through the rest of my shift with a smile 🙂

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