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"I am helpful and empathic and regularly do nice favors for others without expecting anything in return."
Become Aware Of Your Strength
What is Kindness?
Simply put, kindness is being nice to others. As you examine kindness further, a number of important dimensions begin to unfold. Kindness is being generous with others, giving your time, money, and talent to support those who are in need. Kindness is being compassionate, which means to really be there for someone, listening intently to their suffering or just sitting with them and silently supporting them. Such compassion involves a deep concern for the welfare of others. Kindness is also being nurturing and caring to others — to enjoy doing favors for them, to take care of them, and to perform good deeds.
Kind individuals believe that others are worthy of attention and affirmation for their own sake as human beings, not out of a sense of duty or principle. There are three traits of altruistic personalities:
- Moral reasoning
- Social responsibility
Explore Your Strength
Reflect on how you’ve used kindness in the past, in everyday life and during special or critical times.
Apply Your Strength
How can you make the most of kindness in your everyday life? In the moments that matter most? Here are some ideas.
- Perform a random act of kindness each day (ex: slowing to allow a car in front of you, complimenting a co-worker, buying a treat for your partner)
- Say kinder and softer words to people when interacting through email, writing letters, talking on phone. Smile when answering the phone and sound happy to hear from the person on the other end of the line.
- Take out a friend(s) on a surprise dinner and pay for it.