Ways in which to be kind
There’s been much talk during the ongoing Covid pandemic of being kinder to oneself and to others. After all, as this blog about Covid anxiety tips points out, it’s only human to feel anxious during a global crisis on the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, we thought we’d have a look at the word itself – what it means. And then some ways in which we can be kind: to each other, to the planet and to ourselves – for example.
After all, as Henry James said: ‘THREE THINGS IN HUMAN LIFE ARE IMPORTANT. THE FIRST IS TO BE KIND. THE SECOND IS TO BE KIND. AND THE THIRD IS TO BE KIND.‘
The definition of kindness
Kindness: noun – the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
In this piece, the importance of kindness, Psychology Today argue that being kind can strengthen your relationships and sense of satisfaction in life. Yet, it’s tragic that something that can bring such positive benefits for all concerned carries connotations of weakness or naivety. If you harbour such thoughts do please dispose of them at once. As the article above states, to be kind often takes courage and strength. Kindness is a valuable interpersonal skill. One which, when practised often, will increase your happiness levels.
The survival of the fittest
You’re doubtless familiar with Darwin’s theory of evolution and the whole notion of the survival of the fittest. We humans often associate that notion with the idea of selfishness – that the basic instinct of survival means looking out for number one. But Darwin didn’t in fact view mankind as being competitive and self-interested. He believed that we are, in fact, a profoundly social species. One in which caring for others is as much an instinct as breathing. ((DiSalvo, Scientific American, 2017) And, if you think about, the evidence for that is in front of us daily. Yes, bad and terrible things happen – all the time. But when they do, aren’t there always helpers? From big disasters to someone falling over in the street – and everything in between – kind people, doing kind deeds are all around us.
Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference.
Here’s a short YouTube film about random acts of kindness:
Being kind to the environment with Ecosia
So, we’ve had a little look at being kind to others. Now for some mention of being kind to the planet. Not a new topic to this blog for sure. Indeed, round about this time last year, for Global Recycling Day we examined that topic and where we’re getting it right – and where wrong. It’s always a work in progress.
So we all know about reducing our single use plastics where we can and walking/cycling instead of driving and all such things. But did you know that you can make a positive contribution to the planet every time you conduct an Internet search? How? By using Ecosia that’s how.
Ecosia is an Internet search engine that plants trees when you use it. As they say here, ‘we use the profit we make from your searches to plant trees where they are needed most.’ So far, the search engine has planted over 123 million trees. How kind is that?
What you do makes a difference. And you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
Being kind to yourself
Again, an area that Pink&Green has touched on in many different ways – this blog about self-care and self-interest a case in point.
And, to state the obvious, being kind to your skin must surely play its part in being kind to yourself? To help you give your skin – and yourself – some kindness I have a special offer until the end of this month.
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