It’s World Kindness Day, the idea of which is that you do something nice for someone else. It doesn’t need to be major like buying them a house (although that would be good) instead ideas from Kindness Day UK include simple stuff like sending a text to someone in your life to say how much they mean to you, I also like ideas from the Random Acts of Kindness movement which includes things like paying for the coffee of the person behind you in the queue at Costa. But as much as it’s nice to do things for others, there’s one person not to forget today and that’s you.
Most of us might be kind to others, but beat ourselves up big time. We wouldn’t dream of saying or doing to others the type of thing we do to ourselves. Can you imagine if a friend was on a diet and said to you ‘I didn’t lose any weight this week’ turning round and answering ‘that’s because you’re a lazy fat pig who ate too much curry last night’ but we do that to ourselves every day. Or, if your kids were feeling a bit down, instead of trying to cheer them up, you sat them in a room on their own with a bottle of wine and just their thoughts for company – but it’s the type of thing we do to ourselves every day (or is that just me?).
Anyway, the point of this post, was to introduce you to a brilliant question to ask yourself today – and ideally every day – before you do, say or even think something. It’s not my invention, instead it’s come from the totally lovely kindness guru Michael J. Chase, whose new book, am i being kind is handily also out today. The question to ask is just that – Am I Being Kind? The next time you’re about to snap at a sales assistant, consume something unhealthy, yell at a loved one, beat yourself up for gaining a pound or even litter, pause and internally question yourself as to whether what you’re about to do is kind for you, or someone else. If the answer is no, ask how you can be kind instead. Go on, give it a go…..
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