In a time of political unrest and disagreement, kindness and compassion are more important than ever. People around the world seem to be more divided in their beliefs, which is leading folks to become more polarized, isolated and disconnected.
A positive, hopeful mindset is more difficult to achieve. More kindness and compassion among people could truly go far in making a difference and allowing people to unite more fully.
“We cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love.”Mother Teresa
What Is Kindness?
Kindness involves being friendly, generous, and considerate to someone else. This is particularly true when the recipient is going through a difficult time, struggling, or in distress.
Kindness is an activity, action, or deed. It’s something you perform toward or on behalf of someone else.
Kindness is the ways both big and small, that we express compassion, concern, consideration, and care for ourselves and others. Kindness transcends race, religion, social class, and language barriers.
Being kind has a big impact on the world around you and on yourself in ways that you may not realize. It is contagious. Perform an act of kindness for someone and it ripples out into the world by the person who received your kindness or by others that observed your act of kindness.
Kindness has the power to increase your happiness and well-being.
What Is Compassion?
Compassion is the feeling part of kindness. You can be kind without having compassion. A compassionate person understands the suffering of another, and they want to ease that discomfort.
Compassion causes you to empathize with another person and to feel what they might be going through.
Kindness is shown by action, while compassion is about understanding or empathizing with the other’s feelings. With compassion comes a desire to show mercy or kindness upon another.
Compassion often shows up as acts of kindness like listening, being present, offering help, and empathy.
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Kindness and Compassion Are Contagious
Acts of kindness and compassion ripple and grow, affecting everyone. When people witness or are recipients of kindness or compassion, they often are motivated to pass on the goodwill.
One act of kindness can change thousands of lives In the words of Maya Angelou.
“People will forget what you did, they will forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
How Kindness and Compassion Can Change the World
It may be more important now than ever before to work to re-introduce these principles into your life and the world.
I believe we can do that by modeling them to those around us. You and I can contribute to the spread of kindness and compassion.
Even the smallest acts of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s life and in the world at large, particularly during a time of such political polarization.
There’s a great deal of conflict in the world. We can never know another’s story. A simple nod or smile might make someone’s day and lead them to feel less alone.
These are the kinds of things that can bridge gaps and bring people together
Nancy Dadami is a Flow Alignment Specialist, Energy Reader, and Soul Flow Artist teaching you how to get Better Flow Faster and unlock your potential so you can live a life you love.