This week is Mental Health week and the theme for this year is Kindness.
Do you consider yourself a kind person? How do you view kindness? I used to think it was quite a weak attribute and I used to feel a bit miffed when people said I was kind – couldn’t they come up with something a bit cooler than kind?! But now I think of kindness as a superpower! Honestly, it really is. Kindness costs nothing, and one kind word or genuine complement could make someone’s day, could make someone feel like they are seen and that they are worthwhile.
When you feel alone in the world and like no-one cares, a few kind words can be a matter of life or death. Don’t underestimate the power of kindness.
Likewise, don’t underestimate the power or harsh or cruel words. You don’t always know what someone is going through, so please take a moment to think before verbally lashing out or retaliating (either in person or from the safety of your keyboard). It may make you feel better for a moment or two but chances are once you’ve calmed down you’ll feel bad for the harsh words you said. Or you may say something harsh without thinking but it could be devastating for the person on the receiving end. Be mindful of your words, use them wisely.
So today, for the rest of this week and for the rest of your life, take a few moments to be kind. Pay someone a complement, send someone a card or a small gift, or simply text or call someone to say you’re thinking of them. Like I said earlier, it’s free and it could mean the world to someone.
Have a wonderful day.