Think about the last time you saw a snow-covered landscape. What did you see? What did you feel? Snow has the ability to make even the most dreary of places into a beautiful wonderland. Similarly, “Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.” Kindness can make any bad day a whole lot better.
In this post, we will look at the power of kindness, how it can trigger a chain reaction, and how to be a kinder person and beautify the world.
The Power of Kindness
Acts of kindness are some of the most powerful acts you can perform. Here are just a few of the benefits that kindness provides:
Showing kindness to others can improve your relationships with people including your friends, coworkers, significant other, and family members. People appreciate kind gestures and prefer to spend time with people that treat them in a positive way.
Improves Mental Health
Acts of kindness also benefit the person performing the act. Sharing kindness with other people can greatly improve your mental health by decreasing depression and anxiety and reducing stress.
Makes a Difference in the World
Kindness also has the power to make a positive impact on the world. If everyone put in the effort to be kind to other people, a lot of the world’s problems and conflicts would improve. Even though you can’t make everyone treat others with kindness, you can start a chain reaction.
A Chain Reaction
Have you ever heard the phrase, “every action has an equal and opposite reaction”? Yes, this phrase is originally associated with physics, but it also applies to how we treat one another.
If you treat someone poorly, they are likely to treat the next person poorly. However, if you treat someone with kindness and compassion, they are likely to treat the next person with kindness and continue the chain.
Wouldn’t you rather start a chain reaction of kindness than negativity?
How to Be a Kinder Person
Random acts of kindness are usually a go-to when talking about showing kindness to others, but how can you genuinely be a kinder person? Here are 5 tips to help you get started:
Take a Deep Breath Before Reacting
We tend to react to things immediately without considering how our reaction may be received. Taking a moment to pause before reacting to a situation can allow you the opportunity to consider how you can react in a positive way.
Speak Kindly About Others
Gossip tends to be negative. We talk behind people’s backs and damage their character in the eyes of other people. One way to be a kinder person is to avoid gossiping and only speak kindly of other people.
Help People to Help People
Sometimes people do nice things for people because they want something in return. This is not what true kindness is. True kindness is helping people for the sole purpose of helping people. Avoid having ulterior motives.
There are plenty of small ways that you can show people kindness, like saying hi to a stranger, opening the door for someone, or making your sick friend a homemade meal. You don’t have to do big things to show kindness.
Give What You Can
Finally, only give what you can give. If being kind to another person means you aren’t being kind to yourself, it won’t be beneficial to anyone. Cover your home, your community, and your network in kindness, and see what kind of positive chain reaction you can start.