Between natural disasters, pandemics and everyday challenges to life, I am witnessing increases in anxiety, depression, worry and so much fear. Life appears to be out of control at the moment. But there is one thing we can get control over. And that is how we treat others.
Kindness is to be friendly, showing consideration and understanding of others. Some would even suggest that kindness is to show compassion. The dictionary definition of kindness is to have the qualities of being friendly, generous and considerate. But true kindness can be defined in a moment where there is no expectation, acceptance and plenty of empathy. It can be shown through kind gestures or acts and it be experienced in the heart.
One small act of kindness can have a big impact. A smile in the right place and the right time can save a life. There are many stories that result in long lasting friendships, change made within communities and individuals lives changed forever just from a random act of kindness.
Unfortunately, it would seem that kindness is a bit of short supply at the moment. It appears to be at the levels it was when the Covid-19 pandemic first began. Emotions are high, fuses are short and it seems that all of this is perpetuated on itself. It is almost like fear is catching. And if fear is contagious, then so can be kindness.
Thankfully kindness is a teachable quality. And if we are willing to remember kindness perhaps, we can perpetuate it and watch it grow throughout our community again.
Here is three simple ways you can create more kindness in your community:
- It starts with you – as you go about your day remember to go with grace and kindness in everything that you do. This also means showing kindness to yourself.
- Find a smile for everyone – never underestimate the power of a smile and how it can leave someone feeling
- Check in on friends, family, neighbours and even strangers – if you see someone struggling offer them a hand. If you haven’t heard from someone for a while, reach out and see how they are going.