I often tell people that it doesn’t cost anything to be kind and it is one of the most carefree and selfless acts in the world that everyone should try to incorporate into their lives as much as possible. Whenever you go outside the box to help someone else, you are making the world a better place for someone else.
Why exactly is kindness such an important aspect of the human existence? How you treat others is a reflection of who you truly are and I don’t know about you, but I want to be the very best version of the person I was meant to be. For those that do not like how they are being treated, then that is the time to change said behavior because at the end of the day you cannot change anyone else’s but your own. Your relationships ultimately act as a mirror into the person you are and it determines how you dictate your life across the board. The following are some principles that you can use to help you treat others in the best light:
Do not judge others by their past, but instead help them in building a future.
Of course, we all have a past and while some may be filled with a source of pride, there are some aspects that many people may want to leave behind. Whatever the situation may be, the truth is that we all change and evolve, so judging the past instead of the person in front of you is not helpful to anyone. Treat everyone with respect and help them reach the next part of the journey if you can.
Listening with curiosity, speaking with candor, acting with integrity.
Having the strength to listen and being curious allows relationships to grow and prosper. Speak your truth, let no one take it from you, and know that in the end being yourself is the ultimate goal and proof that you are growing as an individual.
Treat all with kindness, but do it without expecting it in return.
Being selfless means giving a helping hand and not expecting one back in return necessarily. Do it for those around you, even strangers and it will reap the rewards when you least expect it.
There is no need to dim someone else’s shine to make yours look brighter.
There is no reason to belittle anyone simply because you are in a position to do so. If you want people to feel special, show that with support and love. Treat all that you encounter with honor.
Everyone possesses a story.
Well want to be heard, and we all have a story that we can share. Being able to feel as if it can be shared is something that you can give to someone else. By listening and withholding judgment, you are allowing another person to be at ease in your presence. In my experience, being open to the idea of someone else’s life is one of the greatest gifts you can ever give and best of all, it is completely free.