As we approach a season of giving, I can’t help but notice the power behind this positive way of living. It provokes the question, “What if we treated each other with the same generosity and kindness all year long?” I’ll admit that many who give monetarily may not be able to afford this way of giving all the time. But consider this more of a continuous attitude and possibly a new way of living. It is my goal this year to go above and beyond for others and show much more gratitude and kindness every day. I hope you’ll join me! The world needs so much of it and it all can start with you.
Ways to show more kindness today:
Without respect, we miss out on one of the most critical ways to interact with each other. We live in a diverse world with daily varying opinions from our own. By being accepting of others and taking the time to listen and truly understand another’s point of view we are that much closer to showing kindness. As a former Kindergarten teacher, the golden rule was an important part of developing the inner character and it’s simple enough for even children to understand — treat others the way you want to be treated. Ask yourself, how would I want someone to treat me and begin showing those very actions today.
Many who give generously experience the intrinsic benefits from giving. In turn, they find that it is actually a joy to spread kindness in the world. The best part about generosity is that it takes a selfless point of view. It’s a beautiful thing because it’s centered around what you can do for others, not about what you can gain from them. Give with your time. Give with your insights. Give with your heart and you will be sure to bless others!
Loyalty can extend far more than just those you are in a committed relationship with. You can be loyal in other relationships such as work, family, friendships and community groups as well. Loyalty is a powerful virtue that will not go unnoticed by others around you. Honor your word and follow through with your commitments. Don’t forget to be loyal to yourself first — to your own needs, emotions, health, and responsibilities! You deserve it!
Every day brings us new opportunities to practice patience and if we choose to embrace it, this is a skill that can be fine tuned. Not only will others benefit from you sharing a little extra patience in your daily life, but you will find yourself with a stronger peace of mind as you learn to let the little things go. Relax, you’ll get there some day. 🙂
Humility creates an opportunity for us to gain strength as we set aside our own identities and believe in possibilities not seen. Being humbled is where change begins within ourselves — a change that can have a strong impact on others.
What would the world be like if we were able to effectively consider another’s point of view and truly empathize with their thoughts and actions? This is difficult to do especially when you have not encountered the experiences of another person and it takes a great amount of understanding. However, if we can look beyond our own ways and begin to thoughtfully consider how others view and respond to experiences, we will be more prepared to offer compassion and grace to others, making the world a better place.
Above all, let us tie gratitude into everything we do. Let us always be thankful and express gratitude for even the smallest blessings in our lives. If you’re looking for more ways to practice gratitude check out my article 5 Ways to Practice Gratitude All Year Long. I hope it inspires you to carry this attitude of gratitude in all aspects of your daily life!
“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.” -Mahatma Gandhi
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