Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The A-Z of Positive Personality Traits - K is for Kind

The A-Z of Positive Personality Traits - K is for Kind

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.


Next letter up for the A-Z challenge of Positive Personality Traits is K and K is for Kind

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!)

See you next time for the continuation of Positive Personality Traits - L is for Loyal


This post is part of the April #atozchallenge.


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28 comments:

  1. Treating people with respected and if that included kindness that's just perfect....Coffee is on

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    1. thanks Dora - lovely of you to stop by - I popped over to your blog yesterday :)

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  2. A kind word really does go a long way....
    BellyBytes from
    Mumbai On A High

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    1. it does indeed - thanks for yours :)

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  3. That was truly wonderful Leanne! Indeed kindness breeds kindness! Sharing a little kindness makes us happier and also makes us realize to be grateful for what we have! Beautiful!
    @KalaRavi16 from
    Relax-N-Rave

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    1. that's so true Kala - kindness spreads itself around if we let it and that makes life a little lovelier :)

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  4. Very true. Sometimes when we get so worked up with our daily lives, we forget how an act of kindness can impact others.
    [@samantha_rjsdr] from
    Whimsical Compass

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    1. We lead such busy lives Samantha and that certainly distracts us from taking a moment to be kind - to our detriment I think.

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  5. Love, love, loving your subject for today and for how you've shared it with us! Today we're twins! You rock!

    Peace,
    Tamara

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    1. I saw you were doing kindness today too - the world needs more posts like this and more sprinkling of kindness all around :)

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  6. That is so true... unfortunately there are many people who fake it for different reasons and can often be misunderstood. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's post it is my favorite one :)

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    1. thanks Zeljka - tomorrow's post comes from a sore spot in my heart, and I think you'll relate to it if you know what fake people are like :)

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  7. So true Leanne! Kindness indeed breeds kindness .. When somebody helps us through our dark phase we have a sense of gratitude towards them, which also helps us to be kind and pass it on further by helping someone going through a similar bad phase! It just becomes a cycle.. A happy and kind cycle to be precise ...
    Absolutely loved your post Leanne :)

    Cheers,
    Srivi - AtoZChallenge
    K for Kite | Twitter

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    1. I love that "happy and kind cycle" Srivi and I hope we see more of it as time goes by - the world would be a better place I think.

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  8. Kindness...yes, a little does go a long way. A lovely reminder.

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    1. thanks Mimi - we all need a reminder sometimes :)

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  9. We are on the same wavelength with our A to Zs!
    Beautiful post!

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    1. It's such an important quality - I'll have to pop over and read yours :)

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  10. Unfortunately, there are less and less people with this trait Leanne. It doesn't cost anything to be kind and I think we are a better person for it. Like gratitude we need to stop and think about how we treat others in this busy world we live in. Great post.

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    1. That's my point Sue, it costs nothing but seems to be getting lost in the fast pace of our world doesn't it. I think we all need to be a little more intentional in our kindness and spread the love x

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  11. The letter 'K' has found a good home here in kindness. Acts of kindness, in the home or outside are very powerful indeed, especially if it has cost the kind-giver by sacrificing their own right to be kind to another. I am not sure that makes sense :) I hope you know what I am trying to say.

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    1. It does make sense Kathleen - and you're right, acts of kindness that cost us something are often the most appreciated by those we extend them to x

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    2. It makes sense, Kathleen, and I love the way you worded your first sentence! Great article, Leanne -- I love what you are doing with this A-Z series!

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  12. Kindness - it can be done in the most simplest ways. A smile, holding the door for someone, picking up something for a neighbor, or just say good morning when someone walks by and ignores you. Kindness - how much more pleasant the world would be if we all did one kind deed a day for someone other than ourselves.

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    1. That is so true Michelle - it doesn't take much to do a little kind thing every day - look at the impact random acts of kindness have on the world :)

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  13. There just isn't enough kindness in the world anymore. I'm a huge believer in Karma. I think that if you put good into the world then good will return. Great post.

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  14. Kindness is so important - just a single kind word can totally turn your day around. It's so sad the way kindness is so often equated with weakness today.

    Thanks so much for sharing with #FridayFrivolity! :)

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  15. Yes, we should all aim to be kinder. I fear that, whilst I think I am a relatively kind person, I don't think I am as kind as I once was when I was younger. I think that I have let myself get beaten down & affected by cynicism a bit, and now am not as kind or as nice a person as I used to be. Must work on that.

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