Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Kindness Matters

Have you noticed how inconsiderate we have become?  Seriously... just walk down a busy city street, travel, go to a concert, or visit your local market.  People walk in front of you without an "excuse me", push through when they want to see what you're looking at, and blast each other on social media. It's frustrating for those of us who pride ourselves on our love for fellow humans.  There's one thing I know for sure:

(this is a picture of one of my favorite t-shirts)

Kindness really does matter.  Whether it's your partner, friends, family, colleagues, or strangers, kindness matters.

We've all seen stories of how a seemingly minuscule act of kindness has saved someone from killing themselves or has helped people who find themselves in the depths of despair.  Who wouldn't want to do that for another human being?

When I originally thought about writing this piece, it was very sarcastic in my mind, and maybe even witty.  When I started actually typing, it became too important to just write it off as a funny.  This is serious stuff, people!  So below, I share some common sense tips and hope that even just one person takes this as a friendly reminder.  Many of these are as simple as "step to the side."  It's really simple.

With your loved ones:
  • Say thank you.
  • Be grateful and share your appreciation.
  • Think about your words before you speak when you're angry or frustrated.
  • Make eye contact and have real conversation.

In the workplace:
  • The people who work around you are people too.  They have feelings, and lives, and families just like you do.
  • If you can't make a meeting or a conference call, for the love... let someone know.  Don't just not show up.
  • You don't have to boost yourself at every given opportunity.  Let your work speak for itself sometimes, and boost those around you.
  • Say thank you.
  • Be grateful and share your appreciation.
  • Think about your words before you speak when you're angry or frustrated.
  • Make eye contact and have real conversation.

In public:
  • Put your phone down while you're walking.
  • Don't crowd the train/tram/plane train/elevator doorway to get on.  I promise, it's timed so that people can step off and there will plenty of time for you to get on.
  • Never, ever, under any circumstances stop at the top or bottom of an escalator or at the end of a people mover.  Not only inconsiderate, but dangerous.
  • If you're not sure where to go, step to the side, get your bearings, and proceed.  Please don't just stop in the middle of the walkway.
  • Say thank you.

Pretty simple stuff, right?  What would you add?


4 comments:

  1. Love this. Yes, kindness matters. Smile at people. Sometimes that is all it takes for making their day better ( or make them wonder what you are up to!!)

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    1. Truth! Sometimes, it's tough to not get frustrated when it seems everyone around is rude, but I won't let their surliness dim my shine!

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  2. You are so right, often people are so rude and think their own time and well being should be put before the concern of others. I particularly notice the difference when I commute into London. People in the country and suburbs are so much politer. I don't know how many times I've been glared at when someone has barged into me in London. BTW, I have a link up this would be perfect for if you fancy joining in? I'd love you to pop over.

    Sally @ Life Loving

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    1. Hi Sally! And here I thought this was somewhat uniquely American. As for your link up, I would love to check it out! Thanks for stopping by!

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