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5 Things I Know For Sure About Kindness...

“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart problem.” - Bob Hope

With everything going on in the world, kindness can at times become a distant memory if we aren’t careful. I’ve had my share of things going horribly wrong however, I’ve also had experiences when things went amazingly right (THANK GOD!). Many wait until they are older before they share “what they’ve learned” but I think us younger folks have some wisdom to share also, don’t you think?

Here is how this is going to work! I’m going to start with these “5 Things I know for sure about kindness”. Then, you are going to comment below with kind facts you'd like to include. I will then add it to our more extensive blog post this Sunday.

By then, the list will longer, the wisdom will be grander, and the impact with be stronger. It will be a win-win! People will learn more amazing tidbits about kindness and you will get your recognition.

Let’s dive in, shall we?!

There can be disagreements without disrespect.

Kindness unlike many other facets of society does not require a certain dollar amount, a certain degree, or a certain circle of friends. It requires a heart and we all have those. I always found it strange that religion, race and politics are the three things known as “taboo” when it comes to conversation topics. How can the major components that essentially power our world be off limits? I disagree. I encourage you to show others how these conversations can exist. And exist kindly. Speak up, share a thought, consider other people’s opinion, and let that interaction be beneficial and pleasant for both sides. It’s possible- despite what we’ve been taught.

Kindness makes for better relationships.

We all know that we like people who show us kindness. This is because kindness reduces the emotional distance between two people, so we feel more “bonded.” It’s something that is so strong in us that it’s actually a genetic thing. We are wired for kindness. Our evolutionary ancestors had to learn to cooperate with one another. The stronger the emotional bonds within groups, the greater the chances of survival, so “kindness genes” were etched into the human genome. Today, when we are kind to each other, we feel a connection, and new relationships are forged, or existing ones strengthened. Nothing feels better than a genuinely kind interaction. Let’s create more of these.