2020 has been a roller coaster of emotions and experiences. The COVID-19 pandemic further adds to the feeling of panic and despair. In such a situation, it is all the more critical that we practice kindness.
Staying locked indoors for months sure takes a toll on our mental health. The work pressure, endless assignment deadlines, domestic chores only adds on to the stress. A kind word or gesture can make a world of difference for someone who is struggling with anxiety and depression.
You don’t need to be super smart or super-rich to be a kind person. Kindness doesn’t just refer to doing good things for others. Sometimes people need a gentle reminder to be kind to themselves.
The importance of being kind
Kindness is a virtue we’re all capable of. All it takes is a smile, a friendly word or a sincere compliment and you make someone’s day. The best part is that it costs nothing! Kindness, generosity and empathy connect us. They give us the strength to persevere in a world marred by sorrow and suffering.
More and more people are now willing to open up about their mental health issues and fears. Universities have special programs to monitor the mental wellness in students. Amidst all these conversations and initiatives, kindness and self-love constitute a significant part of the healing process.
Everyone’s faced their fair share of ups and downs in life. There have been times when nothing worked in your favor. In such dark times, we find strength from acts of genuine kindness from our loved ones or even strangers.
Kindness works best in every sphere of our life. For students, a kind word or gesture might pull them out of depression. On the professional front, you can turn to effective team-building activities to boost employee morale. Appreciate your team, reward their efforts and learn to empathise with their issues. It improves interpersonal relations and the overall productivity as well.
Here are some inspirational quotes on kindness by some of the greatest thinkers, artists and leaders:
- “There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” – Vincent Van Gogh
- “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Diana
- “I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.” – Maya Angelou
- “Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” – Nelson Mandela
- “How lovely that everyone, great and small, can contribute toward introducing justice straightaway. And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!” -Anne Frank
- “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart.
- “Kindness is like snow – It beautifies everything it covers.” – Kahlil Gibran
- “I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.” – Lady Gaga
- “I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.” – Neil Gaiman
- “We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is, at last, a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
- “The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” – Mahatma Gandhi
- “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
- “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” – Barbara de Angelis
- “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” – Robert F. Kennedy
- Let us make one point that we meet each other with a smile when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.” – Mother Teresa
Toward a kinder world
All these quotes by famous personalities, politicians, actors, musicians and artists prove one point – kindness and empathy are what binds people together. The first step to being kind is treating yourself right. Self-care is not selfish. You need to treat yourself with a little more kindness.
Spend a little time with yourself. Meditate, be introspective and analyze your thoughts. It makes you more aware and mindful of your surroundings.
I hope these quotes encourage you to be more sensitive to your surroundings. They come from life lessons these people learned after a lot of hardship. Life is the greatest teacher; and over time you understand how material luxuries are insignificant. It is your values and good deeds that people remember you by when you’re gone.
Being kind and doing good for people is not a weakness – it is your greatest strength. In this pandemic-ridden world, I hope you have the power to think about other people and spread positivity and kindness.