Holidays can be tough. Post-holidays can get harder.
The likelihood that you will bump into (or be) someone extra sensitive, overly anxious or unnecessarily upset is at an all-time high and our first reaction might be to match their emotional level. You feel justified in lashing out or shutting down, but is that really the best way to navigate this situation? Perhaps what everyone needs is a little extra dose of grace and kindness and where better to get those ingredients than you? Today our intent is to be a little extra kind.
You too? here are some ways and some reasons:
- These research-based reasons for why we should all be kind (and therefore live a little longer)
It’s not just good for morale, being kind is also good for your mind and body because, as it turns out, when we are our kindest, we tend to also be our happiest. Need proof? Check this out.
- This reminder that we never know who is fighting a hard battle, what that battle looks like and just how much they could use a little extra kindness
This is a slightly older commercial but we loved the reminder that not every thing is as it seems. The man washing the windows, the woman rushing to catch the bus- try to see them as a full human with a story versus being a speed bump in your way. Your kindness may be the fuel they are needing to make it through the day.
- These 10 ways to pack a powerful kindness punch (no actual punching involved)
We understand that no one wants to feel like a project or a charity case, which is why we loved this list of simple acts of kindness you can incorporate into your day. No act is too large or too small. It need not require fanfare or flashing lights. Sometimes the greatest kindness is just to truly see another.