Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3
When you are kind you are not only helping another person you are also helping yourself. When you do something good, your body rewards you by releasing endorphins. These morphine-like substances create the feel good experience, and also have the capacity to reduce or even block pain signals to the brain. People suffering from physical or psychological pain experience relief when they carry out an act of kindness (Reference).
When you are in doubt about how you have behaved or reacted. Ask yourself – “Was that kind?” “Was I kind in that situation?” This will often reveal your true motives and help you understand the other side of the issue or problem. How did I make that person feel? You may have spoken the truth but how did you make them feel?
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
So today I encourage myself and I encourage you to practice kindness. To BE kind. Especially at this time of the year when nerves and emotions can get a bit frazzled.
Imagine a world where we all showed kindness in thought, word and deed. That would be a revolution of love where every single person and being on earth would flourish and have the capacity to reach their full potential.
So lets be less anxious and more kind, less fearful and more extravagantly generous.
You will never regret being kind.
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