Posted: by Jo Tuesday, 10 October 2017 @ 17:05
This month's focus on being our best selves
is all about kindness. Actively choosing to be kind in our lives.
The opposite of kindness isn't usually
unkindness: it's neutrality. Not noticing, not caring, not doing.
Most of us don't set out to be unkind. But
our behavior can often be thoughtless, rushed, selfish or unhelpful, without
really meaning to be. We can have unkind thoughts about people we don't know,
making assumptions and jumping to conclusions. Or we can simply be too wrapped
up in our own busy lives to notice when other people need help.
So, this month, we want to make a positive
decision to be kind - say kind words, take kind and considerate action, have
kind thoughts. None of us knows what another person is going through - their
struggles, fears, worries, challenges, or circumstances - so it is always
better to be kind.
Some of the simple things we plan to do here
in the Mantra team include:
- Being more observant
of strangers in need of help - carrying heavy bags, crossing the road, needing
a seat on the bus or tube
- Smiling, greeting,
thanking and chatting to people we can take for granted, like people at ticket
offices, on checkouts, or clearing tables
- Giving our time
freely and willingly when people ask for help or advice
- Paying for someone's
coffee or groceries
- Cutting people some
slack, instead of criticising or complaining
- Complimenting people
- Thinking well of
strangers, rather than judging, and sending them happy thoughts and good wishes
- Putting ourselves out
- Offering to go food
shopping or do chores for an older person
There are so many opportunities to be kind in
life that we simply don't take. So this month, let's all be our best selves by
really embodying kindness.
Share your stories of people who have been
kind to you; read our blogs about wonderful examples of kindness; and let us
know how you get on this month being the kindest version of you.
Our new 'Be Kind' Mantra necklace to support
action against bullying launches next month - read more here.
‘In my words, thoughts and
actions, I choose kindness’
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