Have you ever experienced someone being kind to you? What was it they did? How did it
make you feel?
Have you ever been treated badly? What happened? How did it make you feel?
What would you prefer people to show you? Kindness or unkindness?
Most, if not all, of us want to be treated well in life. We all know what unkindness does to people, especially through bullying, racism, prejudice, trolling on social media or expressing our anger at others. We want people to be kind to us and we can easily see the benefit that kindness has on those around us. Kindness is about realising that other people matter. There are lots of different ways we can express kindness but did you know that kindness is not just good for those who receive it? It is also good for those who are being kind. When we are kind, it can make us happier. It is known to help strengthen our friendships and reduce stress. Whilst some may see kindness as a weakness, it often requires courage and strength. Kindness can make a positive difference in the world and to us individually.
Kindness isn’t always easy. We can find it hard to be kind to certain people because of things they have said or done. At other times we forget to look after ourselves or show appreciation to others. Kindness doesn’t have to take lots of preparation. It is about realising that other people matter and that we have something to contribute to make life better for ourselves and others around us.