Philippians 2:3 (NIV)
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves
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No matter where we go these days, it seems that unkindness is running rampant. People chide each other on Facebook, are rude to each other in the streets, barely look up from their cell phones long enough to acknowledge one another, and the news is filled with the horrible things that humans do to each other.
Is kindness a lost art?
Even though God plainly instructs us to put others first, manners have definitely taken a back seat in recent years.
Isn't the world a nice place with kindness in it? People benefit from others being nice to them, but did you know that being kind to others can actually be good for you?
Here are 8 things that you need to remember about kindness:
Kindness Improves Your Confidence and Optimism - Admit it... you feel good when you do nice things for others. Being kind not only gives you a more optimistic outlook, but it builds your self confidence because making a difference in someone's life helps you to feel more in control and powerful.
It May Help You Live Longer - One way to be kind is to help others. Studies have shown that people who volunteer and give of their time to others live longer.
Helping Others Adds Meaning To Your Life - Making the world a better place with acts of kindness makes you feel more significant.
If You're Nice, People Tend To Like You More - As the old saying goes, "You have to be a friend to have a friend." No one wants to socialize with grumpy people. Think about the people that you genuinely like to hang out with. I'm willing to bet that they're fairly considerate of you. Everyone needs people in their lives that support them, so be the kind of supportive person that you want others to be to you.
Giving Of Yourself To Others Will Make You Feel More Thankful - If you've ever helped someone in need, how did you feel when you walked away? Oftentimes, we compare our lives to those that we help and feel more grateful about our own situations.
People Will Be There For You - Sooner or later, everyone faces some sort of struggle in our lives and we need a shoulder to lean on. If you've been there for others during their challenges, then it's more likely that they'll be there for you.
Being Thoughtful Builds A Greater Sense Of Togetherness - Becoming involved in the community and within your family has the very powerful effect of connecting people.
Being Nice Is Less Stressful - Think back to the last time you were horrible to someone you care about. You probably had guilty feelings over your bad behavior later, right? When people are pleasant to each other, there's less stress about our poor choices with our unkind actions later.
So the next time that jerk cuts you off in traffic, remember how good being kind is for you and smile to yourself as you turn into Elsa and just let it go.
Over To You!
- Journal Prompt - Write about a time when someone did something nice for you. How did it make you feel?
Further Reading - The Wisdom and Teachings of Stephen R. Covey.