There’s a proverb that says, “When you’re kind to others, you’re actually doing good to yourself. And when you’re cruel to others, you’re hurting yourself.” And so my question for you is: Who can you be kind to today? I wonder how much of the anxiety and mental health issues that are so pervasive in our culture are the result of people being cruel to one another. 

In today’s post, we are discussing how we can be kind to our fellow human beings and what can happen the more we exercise this simple principle. Keep reading to learn more. 


The Power Of Kindness In An Unkind World

This world we live in can be a very harsh place. The unfortunate truth is that life is filled with pain, hardship, and suffering. However, that doesn’t mean we have to contribute to that sorrow. In fact, it means the exact opposite. So ask yourself: How can I find ways to reduce the angst, anguish, and agony that is so prevalent in society today? Well, it starts with recognizing that you can have a positive impact. 

All too often, people fail to step up and do the right thing in the form of helping others because they feel their contributions are not enough to make a real difference. I’ll tell you what, that is an absolute falsehood. 

You have the power to make a difference in the lives of others. And what’s more, that difference can be exactly what someone needs to dramatically shift their lives. Never underestimate the power of a small act of kindness. 


Finding Meaningful Ways To Contribute

There are countless ways you can be a guiding light. And the best part? You don’t have to do anything drastic. A simple act performed out of the kindness of your heart (without any expectation of what may come in return) is a great way to begin the process. Here are a few simple ideas to consider:

  • Buy a complete stranger a cup of coffee
  • Donate some money to a charitable cause you believe in
  • Ask someone how they are doing (and genuinely listen to their answer)
  • Give somebody a genuine compliment
  • Simply smile at a stranger as they walk by

All of these are excellent ways to contribute to others in a meaningful way. These simple acts will put gratitude in your heart as well as a smile on someone’s face. And as we all know, those are two things that the world is in desperate need of.


Benefits Of Becoming A Benefactor 

To become a benefactor means to give selflessly. Whether it’s to a charity, nonprofit organization, or a person who has fallen on hard times, a true benefactor is a supporter of others. They seek to make the world a little better than they found it. Here are a few advantages of adopting the mindset of a benefactor:

  1. A strong sense of contribution 
  2. Feeling of fulfillment in helping others
  3. Changing the lives of those less fortunate
  4. Becoming more connected to those in need
  5. Increased sense of empathy for people
  6. Become more generous in your day-to-day life
  7. Spread kindness and goodwill throughout your community

Anyone can become a benefactor. And what’s more, you don’t need to donate millions of dollars to experience the joy of giving to others. A simple smile given or a few dollars pledged can make a tremendous difference in not only the lives of others, but also in your own heart. 


Wrapping Up

Everyone wants to feel seen and appreciated. And being kind to others is one of the best ways to satisfy that basic human need for acknowledgement. So give a warm smile the next time you see someone who seems to be having a hard time. It costs nothing. And it may help that person get through—what may have otherwise been—a challenging day. 

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About the Author

Abe Brown, MBA, CMCT, CPHSA is the Coach’s Coach, and is an Entrepreneur, Professional Speaker, International Best-Selling Author, and High-Performance Leadership Coach. He is the founder of Certified Flourishing Coaching™, the Flourishing Life Coaching Program™, and Flourishing Workplace. Abe is also the author of the Certified Flourishing Coaching™ Programs.