Do you find it challenging to be kind? Maybe in certain circumstances compared to others? When we express authentic kindness to a friend, co-worker or even stranger, we project that version of ourselves that others will likely remember. Think about how it felt the last time you received a kind gesture. Then, think about how amazing it would be if the feeling was spread the world over.
Here are 10 ways to be more kind:
1. When you believe in someone, tell them directly. Convey your support to them.
Let’s say we all supported and believed in the ability of our friends and family to do amazing things. Put another way, think about how your support could drive even one person to achieve things greater than themselves. Imagine how much the world could benefit. Quite simply, a lot more.
2. Consider kindness before you speak.
When we may have something in our minds to say about someone and it isn’t kind, remember to choose kindness before speaking. It is not a sign of weakness to choose kindness. It is a sign of heart.
3. Spread kindness that you have received.
When we receive kindness, we may feel special about ourselves. If you can, in some way or another, continue to spread the kindness that you have received. It would be a great way to pay it forward.
4. Be mindful of how you treat others.
Considering our closest relationships, as well as our acquaintances and others who we don’t see regularly, it is important to be mindful of how we treat others because of the impact it can have. Truly being considerate can go a long way with many friendships and relationships.
5. Don’t discriminate who to be kind to.
As we all know, each of us is facing a challenge, whether seen or unseen. Don’t discriminate who to be kind to, despite differences.
6. Set an example.
What better of a role model to someone else than someone who is frankly, always kind. Try to set an example. Without role models who are kind, there would be less kindness to spread around.
7. Practice good intentions.
When you say something nice to someone else, remember your intention counts as well. Try to carry good intentions with displays of kindness. Kindness and good intention usually come hand in hand, but in the few cases where they could not be aligned, try to practice good intentions, like not expecting anything in return for your gesture or compliment.
8. Feel good about it.
If you have a tougher time showing kindness, try and remember to feel good about showing this side of you. When you feel good, the act will come more regularly and spread more positivity within you.
9. Reach out when it is less likely others will.
If you feel like an act of kindness might be going against the grain, try to be the first to show the niceness. It will likely be as rewarding in return.
10. Try to be kind every day.
When in doubt, be kind as often as possible, hopefully every day so that you can reap the rewards in terms of your quality of relationships and just pure satisfaction that you have spread joy to another person’s life.
In all, try these 10 ways to be more kind. No doubt you might still have difficulties or challenges that come your way, but with the joy of spreading kindness, your mind and heart can benefit and you can feel satisfied more often. Enjoy!
Originally published at www.huffingtonpost.com