Monday, 6 February 2017

5 Reasons to be kind - #wearekind

In assembly today we discussed how being kind has so many benefits for our physical and mental well-being. Here are the top 5 reasons to be kind.

1. Kindness requires less energy. 

It makes good economic sense. Grudges are draining. Too much distracted energy is wasted in worry, resentment, suspicion and criticism. In the words of Jon Huntsman, “In any walk of life, a positive, upbeat outlook trumps any adversarial act. Revenge is counterproductive. Unproductive emotions limit one’s ability to move forward, to focus, to think positively, to act creatively.”

2. Truly successful people are kind. 

Simply having money doesn’t equate to success. I’m talking about someone who knows how to give and receive love, lives joyfully, and attracts abundance through unselfish acts of kindness. Every day we are writing our legacies, what would you like your legacy to be. How would you describe success?

3. Kindness transforms us. 

When giving a lecture near the end of his life, author Aldous Huxley said, “People often ask me what is the most effective technique for transforming their life. It is a little embarrassing that after years and years of research and experimentation, I have to say that the best answer is, 'just be a little kinder'.”

4. Kindness heals. 

Studies show that being kind is a healthy response to almost every situation. It also increases our capacity to heal. Studies have shown that children thrive when treated with kindness. Ill patients heal more quickly when treated kindly. And many have discovered an easy and effective antidote to stress: kindness!

5. Kindness gives meaning to our lives. 

Kindness isn’t flashy. The news media doesn’t report on acts of kindness as much as they cover violence, war and depression. In spite of this, kindness keeps evolving in us because it makes us value our lives. 

Kindness is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Maybe if we treat each other, and our planet a little better, we can survive, even thrive.
Piero Ferrucci


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