Nishall’s Blog: Be Kind…Always
Your Say / Sun 16th Feb 2020 pm29 02:03pm
Blogpost by Nishall Garala
Be Kind. Always.
ONE of my favourite quotes is “You never know what someone is going through. Be kind. Always.” This quote says a thousand things in a very simple way. It tells you to be kind to each other, it tells not to judge other people and most importantly it tells you, you’ll never know if someone is suffering and your smallest action could have the biggest impact on them.
So, this week’s blog is about being kind to one another and being thoughtful to each other at all times.
Whether you live with someone or work with someone, you’ll probably think you them quite well, but there is a massive chance you probably won’t. In this day and age, people try and keep to themselves, bottling up emotions and problems, which can often lead to mental illness, or living in fear, or just having a lack of motivation to do anything. This is why I’m asking everyone to be kind and thoughtful, even if you’re having a rough day. Why? Well, I’ve always grown up with the thought that when I’m having a bad day, there is someone always out there that has it worse than me, so why should I take my anger out on some else, when it’s not their fault or potentially when their day may have been a lot worse than mine.
Kindness leads to many good things like better relationships, improved self-esteem, compassion, happiness, future success, and good mental and physical health. And don’t we all want that for, our families, our friends, our community, and the world?
Being kind and thoughtful isn’t hard; it’s one of the easier things in the world. If you are being kind to someone, you are most likely causing them to smile and if you see that smile for yourself, it might be catchy. Neuroscience proposes that seeing someone else show an emotion automatically activates the same areas of the brain as if we experienced that emotion for ourselves. This could range from smiling at someone or complimenting them.
Further to this, being kind to others might be able to you cope and overcome stressful situations; being kind (helpful, indulgent, considerate, or humane) to others reduces the stress and anxiety factor by far. This is because it allows you to pay less attention to yourself and your problems. The moment you focus on doing good to others, enables you to get a break from your own problems. The added bonus is the appreciation shown by the person receiving the act of kindness. And guess what? While you help yourself to be happy, you might just help some else be happy; fine, you won’t be able to take away all their problems but at least they will know someone in the world cares. – It could also be you being kind-hearted that causes a ripple effect and makes others kinder, which lifts everyone’s spirits. There are no side-effects to being kind and thoughtful, only benefits!
So remember the quote, “You never know what someone is going through. Be kind. Always.”. A simple act of kindness from you could just change someone’s life.
Being kind is so so important! It's easy to quickly judge someone. But if you stick around and get to know the person. 9/10 times, you'll be very happy you were kind. I recently stayed in an Airbnb which housed a few other people too. And it would've been very easy to judge the older men who lived here. But I decided to stay and they were all incredible, and hearing their stories was inspiring