Next letter up for the A-Z challenge of Positive Personality Traits is K - and K is for Kind. I'm sure everyone has read the quote "kindness doesn't cost a damn thing, sprinkle that s**t everywhere". It's a bit rough around the edges, but it is also succinctly true - kindness costs nothing and sharing it around makes the world a nicer place to live in.
Kindness is a trait that everybody needs to develop - the kinder we are, the gentler we are with others. It works on putting others and their needs before our own. It's the assumption that if someone else is hurting, then we should take the time out of our own little world and see if there's anything we can do to lighten their load.
Our lives today are busy and we are often focused solely on our own needs and getting through the day. The thought of taking on someone else's burdens is an added stress to avoid whenever possible. The trouble is, this way of thinking isolates us and we lose the opportunity to be a helping hand or a listening ear. We lose a little bit of our humanity when we ignore the needs of others.
Those who extend a hand to help make this world a little brighter. Kindness breeds kindness - if you help someone back on their feet, it allows them the opportunity to pass that along in their own time. An act of kindness to someone facing dark times will never be forgotten. When we look back at times in our lives when we have been struggling, it's those friends who offered us a hug or a gentle word who stand out in our memories.
Let's aim to be that friend - the one who took the time out of their busy schedule to stop and listen, to offer kind words or a helping hand. Let's be the cheer leader and encourage someone to move forward after a setback. Let's spread that kindness everywhere - like glitter (it sticks and you never know where it will turn up later!)
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