Practicing Kindness, Compassion, and Generosity Every Day

Practicing Kindness, Compassion, and Generosity Every Day

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Every day is a day for practicing kindness, compassion, and generosity. In fact, these qualities and practices shouldn’t be relegated to once a year around the holidays. However, that’s often the time when we hear about it the most.  Around Thanksgiving, there’s a flood of people who commit to feeding the homeless. Ironically, that’s the one time of year that the homeless aren’t actually seeking food. The shelters, the food banks, the plethora of good Samaritans are all providing that one hot, nourishing meal. The day after Thanksgiving, however, many of us move on with our lives…until next year, when we commit to feeding the homeless of helping the helpless.

 

What happens if we consciously choose to practice kindness and compassion in this way every day? What if we decide to be of service, and practice kindness, compassion, and generosity as a way of living our lives? Would we be happier? Would we be less stressed? Would our mental health improve or at least be less overwhelming? I would garner a resounding yes to these questions.

 

Consciously choose to be kind, compassionate, and generous…every day:

 

By doing so, we have the opportunity to get out of ourselves and realize that we are not, in fact, the center of the universe. In the AA big book, alcoholics (and I am going to include addicts as well) are referred to as “selfish and self-seeking” or as the “actor, director, and producer” of their own show. By choosing to be kind, compassionate and generous in our daily lives, we have a chance to overcome this state of mind. Being of service is key.

 

Practice Joy:

 

Happiness is contagious. If you can find one joyful thing to focus on or go back to during your day, your day will be brighter. Surround yourself with joyful people, have random dance parties, revel in the little things that bring you joy. I giggle every time I hear my dog snore, or when little kids laugh, or when my son cracks a joke. Joy is everywhere, even when things feel dark.

 

Practice Gratitude:


Pay attention to the little things and find gratitude in that: the way the light hits a flower, the fact that you got a parking spot…right in front, waking up at home with family, seeing your kids, a shared smile with a stranger, or a shared joke with a coworker.  The list can go on. Essentially, begin looking at the seemingly banal and find some gratitude there.

 

Things that have gone wrong or which present difficulty for us is also something to be grateful for: These are often our greatest teaching moments.

 

Thanksgiving may have passed, but your ability to engage in compassionate acts, kindness, and gratitude are alive and well.  These practices contribute to better mental health, a fuller life, and a higher level of optimism. Being present and honoring what’s happening right now is a gift and an opportunity to open your heart.  When you show someone kindness, they are more apt to show someone else kindness. It’s a wonderfully positive domino effect!

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Great read and inspiration:

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12 Comments
  • Matt M

    December 5, 2013 at 1:59 am Reply

    Great article and advice to follow everyday.

  • Harold Gardner

    December 5, 2013 at 3:15 am Reply

    The funny thing that I have found about being generous is how much it benefits me. It feels good enough to be compassionate & generous that I almost feel guilty that I am selfish.

  • AlainBKK

    December 5, 2013 at 3:18 am Reply

    Thanks for the article. Today (5 Dec.) is Father’s Day in Thailand 😉

  • oscar

    December 5, 2013 at 3:40 am Reply

    i agree compassion is the most important value that everybody should practice ..

  • daniel

    December 5, 2013 at 6:29 am Reply

    While I agree with the statements put forth here, unfortunately, the average American doesn’t care about anyone but themselves, as most of them are sociopaths. Kindness and compassion for others is something we either have or don’t. Its a society where everyone is all about themselves, and what a shame it is. Thank you for the enlightening post 🙂

    • Sarit Rogers

      December 7, 2013 at 4:52 pm Reply

      I am glad you liked the post. We can all nurture kindness and compassion. Kindly, Sarit

    • salvadore pinsa

      June 2, 2014 at 6:15 am Reply

      Being open to God can change us in into having traits that he would want us to have, which will give us life, and life more abundantly.

  • Terri Nakamura

    December 5, 2013 at 6:55 am Reply

    The commercial aspect of the holidays can cause stress for many because of the pressure to spend money they don’t have. So the gift of kindness is something each person can give freely and abundantly, and it costs nothing more than a warm smile and encouraging or appreciative word. Generosity encompasses much more than money.

    Holidays should be joyous and times when we appreciate all we have and to share with others. This post is a great reminder—the greatest gifts are free.

  • Jen Hawkins

    December 6, 2013 at 2:46 am Reply

    It’s nice to see posts like this. We must always remember the golden rule. We wonder why our lives are the way they are full of suffering, sorrow, despair and negativity. When all that anyone needs is love.

  • Stephanie

    December 6, 2013 at 3:54 am Reply

    Very nice post!

  • Tom Laing

    December 6, 2013 at 5:52 am Reply

    Great message, worth the effort to practice everyday

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