We all like nice people.
Well, nice people work hard. Kindness don’t come easy.
It’s not like kindness is the default mode for our personalities like, if we do nothing, we just end up being nice.
Nah. Kind of the opposite, actually.
Kindness is an everyday effort, a muscle to be exercised. It can become a habit after a while but it still takes work to maintain.
Ready for the first step?
(Don’t worry, you got this.)
The first step in being kind to people is being kind to yourself.
Here are some things you can do:
Meditate on kindness. If you don’t meditate yet, you’re missing out. There are plenty of apps out there to help you stick with it.
Make a list of 5 things you will do for yourself every day. Simple stuff like “Make my bed” and “Go for a 10-minute walk.”
Write a 1-page mantra about the great things you’ve created and achieved in your life. Then read it every morning. (Yes, I do this.)
Read and watch good stuff, especially early in the day. Be selective, not reactive, lest the news headlines and social media posts will get to you first!
Life is hard. Joy is fleeting. Suffering is imminent.
Take some time.
We all need each other to be at our best.