The fact that you’ve decided to read this article shows that you want to be kind, and that’s a wonderful thing in and of itself.
It’s a sign that you’re on the right track. So, today, we’re going to learn how to become a kinder person. Anyone can become a nicer, more caring person if they’re willing to put in the effort.
Being kind is a wonderful character trait. Think of someone you like? Is that person kind? Usually, if you’re a healthy person (which I’m sure you are), you like people who are kind more than you like those who are not. So, by being kind, you’re not only showing kindness to others; you’re also showing kindness to yourself. It’s a win-win situation for everyone!
Now, how do you become a kinder person? There’s no magic pill that you swallow; work is involved. But the reward is indescribable.
The very first step to being kind is to put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
As often as you can, try to shift perspectives, and think of what the other person is going through. When you see a beggar on your street corner, instead of feeling grossed out, think of what it’s like for her. She’s sitting on a street corner. Do you think she wants to be there? Most likely not. Think of how you would like to be treated if g-d forbid you were ever in such a situation, and then treat her that way.
Never assume. It causes too many people to be insulted. I once mistook someone’s husband to be their son, and she has yet to forgive me for it.
If your friend is wearing scrubs, don’t assume he’s a doctor; he may very well be a male nurse, or even a janitor at a local medical clinic. He may get upset if you call out cheerfully, “Hey, doc,” even if you really don’t mean to insult him.
First find out the truth, and then talk.
When you hear of a tragic incident that occurred to someone you know, instead of saying, “Call me if you need anything. Really.” Either offer a specific service, like to cook supper for them every Monday night, or just do it. You’ll see from the person’s reaction whether she’d like you to do it again or not.
Look for the good in people.
Work to discover positive qualities in everyone; this will increase your respect for the person. You can compliment people on their good qualities, or even leave them an anonymous note about something really respect about them. You can touch someone’s heart, and make someone’s day. All it takes is a little more awareness of the world around you, a little more thoughtfulness, and taking action.
If you find it hard to take action, you can make yourself a chart, with a set goal, and reward yourself once you reach it. Keep doing this until kindness becomes a character trait that is engraved on your soul.
Paul Priceman is a passionate male nurse advocate both in his personal life and professionally with Murse World. Priceman works tirelessly works to promote male nurses in the US and worldwide. He is also involved in researching and writing about various different fascinating and intriguing healthcare related topics. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing in the winter, swimming in the summer and daydreaming all year round.