Choose Kindness

Imagine how different our world would be if we treated each other with more kindness and dignity.

A world where respect, empathy, and compassion guide our actions.

In our daily lives, we often see self-serving behaviours:

– Gossiping and spreading rumours tarnish reputations and break spirits.
– Ignoring those in need fails to acknowledge our shared humanity.
– Taking credit for others’ work stifles innovation and breeds mistrust.
– Exclusion and bullying create fear and division.
– Exploiting others for personal gain, and choosing profit over humans.

We all lose in this type of world.

Simple acts of kindness can make a big difference:

– Smile at a stranger.
– Offer a sincere compliment.
– Help someone carry their groceries.
– Listen attentively to someone in need.
– Write a thank-you note.
– Reach out to a connection on social media, SMS or email. Check in and see if they’re OK.

Want more ideas for kindness? Check out this list of random acts of kindness.

Five actions that aren’t always easy to do but show kindness and practice empathy for self and others

1. Apologise when you’re wrong: It takes humility and strength to admit mistakes and seek forgiveness.
2. Forgive those who hurt you: Letting go of grudges fosters inner peace and reconciliation.
3. Set healthy boundaries: Protecting your well-being while respecting others’ needs can be challenging but crucial for mutual respect.
4. Stand up for others: Defending someone being mistreated or marginalised requires courage and empathy.
5. Offer your time and presence: Volunteering or simply being present for someone in need shows deep compassion and commitment.

You never know what someone might be going through, so don’t assume.

Movies and Stories that showcase human kindness

Pay It Forward (2000) – A young boy starts a movement of random acts of kindness in this inspirational drama.

The Kindness Diaries (2017) – A documentary following a man traveling the world relying solely on the kindness of strangers.

Mike Breen shares a touching Bill Walton story | NBA Today

An Experiment in Gratitude | The Science of Happiness

Thai Insurance commercial

Commercial: Giving

My call to action is clear: choose kindness.

Let’s create a ripple effect of kindness throughout our communities and the world.

When was the last time you showed kindness to somebody, and yourself?