What kindness is, why it matters and how to practice it

Kindness is good first of all for those who practice it because it increases well-being, improves mood and health and promotes good relationships

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  • What’s this
  • Because it is important
  • How to practice it

What’s this

Kindness is, by definition, a way of relating to others in a courteous and cordial manner or, in other words, using good manners. Saying goodbye to shop assistants when entering a shop, thanking when baristas and baristas serve us coffee in the morning, or asking please when addressing an employee are trivial examples of kindness and education that, however simple, are not they are so obvious. Kindness, however, is not only good manners, but also having kind words and gestures, giving sincere compliments, paying attention to the needs of others or even simply giving a smile to those around us, whether it is a stranger, the person with whom we share the life of a family member or a friend or a friend. As obvious as kind behavior may seem, too often we forget to be kind to others both in real life and on social media; yet kindness is something that is certainly good for others but which benefits us above all.

Because it is important

Kindness, as we have said, is a way of relating to others in a courteous and polite way, addressing those around us with attention, smiles, kind words. Kindness is important for oneself first, because being kind increases physical and psychological well-being, improves mood and health. Being rude, always angry and in contrast with others, in fact, hurts first of all to oneself because in fact it wastes energy and generates negative feelings and emotions that pollute one’s life and relationships. Practicing kindness, on the other hand, leads to experiencing positive feelings and having better relationships with others, thus increasing the quality of life and general well-being.

Furthermore, being kind to those in front of us leads our interlocutor to be kind to us, in a kind of virtuous circle. A little like what happens when you smile at someone and this, in return, smiles at us: like a smile, kindness is also contagious. For example, when you turn to an employee or a clerk to resolve any issue, whoever is “working for us” at that moment will do so with greater availability. Instead, addressing the employee with rudeness or in a rude way, you may encounter more resistance and, consequently, less willingness to solve the problem. The same thing happens in all situations, in the relationship with one’s partner, in relationships with family and friends, in condominium matters. Practicing kindness creates a relaxed, friendly environment, where people feel more at ease and therefore more available and affable.

How to practice it

To practice kindness, you must first be kind to yourself. In fact, in order to be kind to others it is essential to love yourself, treat yourself with care: eating well, doing physical activity, being in contact with nature, listening and satisfying your needs, engaging in pleasant activities and not neglecting sleep are all aspects. fundamental that contribute to being comfortable with oneself and consequently with others. Negative emotions and feelings, in fact, can derive from an incorrect lifestyle and then affect others. If, on the other hand, you take care of yourself, you are less prone to anger, sadness, a sense of frustration which are then poured out on those close to you.

Being kind to others, when you are calm and in balance with yourself, is something that comes naturally. Greet, smile, ask please, thank: to learn how to practice kindness you can start from here, from good education. You could then go further, perhaps by giving a sincere compliment to a colleague, offering your help to a friend in need or through kind gestures towards the neighbors.

If practicing kindness with those we know is relatively easy, things get complicated with strangers, because you don’t feel a direct or immediate interest in being kind to someone you don’t know. Being kind, however, makes us feel good above all, so this could spur us to address others in a cordial and polite way and then evaluate whether we have benefited from it, intended as an improvement in well-being. A good gym for training in kindness towards those we do not know, or know little or superficially, are the Social Networks, a virtual place where too often people pour frustration and hatred through rude comments. The fact of not knowing your interlocutor almost gives the illusion that that person does not exist in reality: behind the computer or smartphone screen, however, there is a person in flesh and blood, alive, with his own experience, his own feelings and their daily problems to deal with. A person who deserves respect and education: you could therefore try to practice kindness on social media, greeting before an intervention, writing polite comments, thanking if someone gives useful information.

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