Saturday, 7 March 2015

On Kindness


I may not have mentioned it in my 2015 goals, but an unspoken (until now) goal for me this year is to be kinder. That isn't to say that I think of myself as a particularly bad person - I like to think that I try my best to be the best that I can be in all I do - although, inevitably, I sometimes fall short of this.

Recently, however, in trying to actively be kinder, both to myself and others (because both are of huge importance), I have noticed a massive difference in my happiness and positivity. It becomes all so easy to talk badly of people, to judge and put people down without even thinking about it. I think we're all guilty of that, and that in many ways it's a part of human nature. But I also think that if you try to stop talking badly of people, and being kind to people, you really do reap what you sow.

I'm not at all beginning to say that I am now the perfect, most kind person to walk the planet because, let's be honest, that is far from the truth. I just wanted to share my recent experiences of the importance of kindness. Because, going into school or whatever I'm doing each day, in the mindset of wanting to exhibit kindness has, like I said, made me happier. It's been nice to take a step back and think before I speak, allowing me to realise that there's no need to say bad things about people unnecessarily.

Of course, we are all flawed, and sometimes such flaws can lead to people hurting us or being irritating, and cruel and I do believe that there is a time and a place where it's important to recognise that people are acting in such a way. But the trivial stuff, the things that don't really matter? We can all do without that negativity. And I would strongly recommend trying to be more actively kind to everyone. As people always say, kindness costs absolutely nothing, but it can make all the difference. Kindness and manners go hand in hand in that way.


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