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"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. – Plato
The art of kindness is an underrated art. Ask anyone around you whether or not they think kindness is important, and more often than not, about ninety percent of them would tell you that it is important.
Why is kindness important?
A question we find an easy answer to. Yet, it only takes a glance at society to see that we still have a long way to go when it comes to mastering kindness. This, generally, stems from the fact that despite professing it on the surface, some of us don’t really understand .
Others who do, don’t really understand the complete facets of kindness.
In this article, we explore 11 crucial reasons why is kindness important, shedding even more light on why to progress as a society, we must place a higher emphasis on kindness and begin to show it more.
Kindness in Two Forms
Before we move on thoroughly into highlighting the importance of kindness, it is first crucial that we understand what the term means in the first place.
To do this, we have to look at the whole idea of kindness from two angles – as something we do unto others and as something we give to ourselves.
Kindness to Others
Showing kindness to others is perhaps the most popular phrase humans throw about without really committing to it. Many don’t even really know what it means in the first place.
To many, showing kindness implies going out of their ways to do something grand and unbelievable for others. Some even believe that they can’t be kind to others until the act of kindness makes them suffer in one way or another.
Generally, though, this isn’t usually the case.
We don’t have to hurt ourselves to be kind to others. Simple acts of kindness such as giving a compliment and offering someone your seat all go a long way in making a difference in someone else’s life.
The more mature you are, the more helpful and kind you are. The reason is that your maturity level is proportional to your kindness.
Kindness to Oneself
The most obscure of the two forms of kindness, “kindness to oneself” is usually overlooked by many because they feel as though it should be a given.
While this is right and kindness to oneself should always be a constant feature in our lives, it usually isn’t. In fact, it isn’t rare to find people who have mastered being kind to others who still haven’t realized that they have to be kind to themselves, too.
Not only is being kind to ourselves essential for our personal growth and the growth of our communities, but it is also one of the best ways to be kinder to others.
In short, if we don’t master the art of being kind to ourselves, it becomes a lot more challenging to be kind to other people.
Why is kindness important?
11 Reasons why being kind matters
As we grow up, we learn that being kind is a good thing. We are raised in a society where we are taught to be kind and to help others, but why? If we think about it for just a little while, the answer seems fairly obvious.
This list is not comprehensive but it contains 11 of the most powerful reasons that being kind matters in the world.
1. Tremendous emotional return for minimal effort
2. Kindness is Contagious
3. Kindness Builds Bridges
4. It Helps Lift Mental Blocks
5. It is Good Karma
6. Kindness Provides Clarity
7. It Can Brighten up Someone Else’s Day
8. Life is to Live and Love Fully
9. It is a form of Catharsis
10. Being Kind Actually Increases Life Span
11. Kindness is the Perfect Example to Set for Younger Generation
The great writer Henry James once described the three most important things in human life. The first, he said, was being kind. The second? Being kind. The third? Being kind, too.
Looking at the eleven points we’ve highlighted above, it is not hard at all to see why he said what he said. Kindness has always been, and will always remain, one of the most important facets of human lives and interaction.
Once we master kindness, we elevate ourselves, those around us, and our society as well. No other human action offers such a comprehensive benefit with absolutely no side effects.
This is why being kind matters.
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