THE “WHAT WHY & HOW” OF KINDNESS

From The Family Virtues Guide

WHAT IS KINDNESS?

Kindness is being concerned about the welfare of others. Kindness is showing you care about anyone or anything that crosses your path. You can be kind to people, to animals, and to the environment. Kindness means to care for others and the earth as much as or more than you care about yourself.

Kindness is shown in small gestures that brighten people’s lives, times you care for an animal, daily ways you show concern for the earth. Kindness is showing love to someone who is sad or needs your help.

WHY PRACTICE KINDNESS?

Without kindness no one would listen when people or animals need help. Everyone would be looking out for herself. The world is lonely without kindness. When someone reaches out to another in an act of kindness, it helps them both.

People’s selfishness and lack of kindness to the earth has caused damage to the air, the water, the land. This has brought suffering to people and animals too. Being kind allows us to feel the connectedness we have with all other things. Being kind makes things better for every one of us.

HOW DO YOU PRACTICE KINDNESS?

You practice kindness by noticing when someone or something needs care. You become sensitive to the world around you. Use your imagination to think of things that give others happiness—your parents, your friends, your teachers, your brothers and sisters, and even the people you don’t know very well. Find out what habits harm or help the environment and choose kinder ways.

When you are tempted to be cruel, to criticize or tease, you decide not to do it (even with your own brothers and sisters!) You accept people who are different or handicapped instead of ignoring them or teasing them. When you are practicing kindness, you take really good care of your pets.

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