Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly and most underrated human behaviour! And if you closely observe, compassion, from someone you know or a stranger, has a massive impact on your life. Imagine if you practice in your daily life, how many lives you can impact positively! I can write an overdramatic post on how to practice kindness or around the power of kindness that how it can move mountains. But I won’t do that. I will share some simple facts, backing them up with appropriate research to show that kindness matters.
But first things first – Happy World Kindness Day!
13th of November, every year is celebrated as the World Kindness Day across various countries of the world.
The objective of World Kindness Day is to spread kindness with small gestures. The main tradition of the day is to be kind, and to try and encourage kindness to prevail over hatred. Whether it’s helping out someone with chores, taking the time out to ask how someone is doing, or complimenting someone, the name of the game is kindness, and we all have it in us.
Why do we need Kindness?
Kindness is not a new concept. But we need it all the more right now. Social media is no longer a happy place – people are always angry on social media, leaving no chance to judge people. Can we try to utilize it to make it a better and breathable space?
Why do you have to comment on a person’s appearance, when they post a happy picture? You don’t know what they are dealing with. You don’t know if they are fighting with body-shaming issues already. Why do you have to pass a judgement on someone’s choice of food when they share a picture of a cheeseburger? We all stress eat and that might the one time they share their stress-eating.
No one tells the story behind every picture. No one needs to do that. No one said that social media is supposed to be a perfect place. But a bad comment can ruin a person’s day. Let’s turn that around!
It is human to have an hasty judgement on everything. But it is also possible to keep that to yourself. And that is the first step – consciously forcing yourself to not to effect anyone.
How to Practice Kindness: How Kindness Effects You
It’s very easy for every human to give the other person the power to influence their vibes. Consider this: you are going for an interview. You are well prepared and looking impressive in your crisp business suit. You feel confident. Then, you meet an acquaintance on your way. You greet each other and they tell you that you have put on weight. You might know that for a fact but that is not exactly what you wanted to hear. Your confidence might come crashing down. Now imagine if they would have said that you look amazing and that you will do great in the interview. How would have that affected you? That is the power of kindness.
Kindness is contagious
When you practice kindness, others get encouraged to behave similarly. I am not saying it just for the sake of it. A study conducted by researchers found that seeing someone else help another person produced good feelings, which subsequently caused them to reach out and do something philanthropic themselves.
Kindness Makes you Happier
A recent study looked into the relationship between kindness and happiness. The results indicate that happiness was increased simply by counting kindnesses performed over a week, an exercise that also increased both kindness and gratitude in the participants.
And that is why I am doing this two weeks kindness challenge on the blog! One simple activity per day, consciously training your mind to do good every day, can answer your quest of how to practise kindness.
How to Practice Kindness: 15 Day Kindness Challenge
I am sharing 15 simple things to do daily – hardly take 2 minutes but they have a greater dividend. Mental peace, a sense of contentment, happiness and a hope that the world is going to be a better place – to name a few.
The challenge is definitely an indicative one. You can do anything you feel is easier for you. For example, if you want to leave treat anonymously, you can leave them at the ATM kiosks, laundry room or the mail room.
I am sure after doing one li’l deed everyday for a fortnight, you will feel that the world is kinder toward you. You always attract what you give and this activity will prove it to you!
Once again, Happy World Kindness Day!