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10 Benefits of Showing Kindness – Why not try?

November 13, 2015
10 Benefits of showing kindness

It is World Kindness Day today and although I think it is great to encourage kindness, I feel sad that we have to have a dedicated day to remind people to be kind.

Often we have seen in social media ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ and I recently read a post about ‘Non-Random Acts of Kindness’ by Britty at Ever So Britty where we strive to just be kind and not for a reason.

10 Benefits of showing kindness

I can think of nothing more uplifting than showing kindness to another human being.  Unfortunately, I think that many people have lost this feeling and are so caught up in their lives that kindness is a low priority.

We walk around in our own world without stopping to think about others and what we can do to bring a smile to their face, or make them feel worthwhile.

Today we live in such a busy world that we have become more self-centered and caught up in attaining materialist aims to make us happy.  In fact, if we stop and think about what really makes us happy it is the simple things in life.

Christmas, we have been taught is a time for ‘goodwill to all men’, but shouldn’t this be every day?

It doesn’t need much effort to be kind

  • make a coffee for someone,
  • allow someone to go ahead of you in the queue
  • send a text telling someone how much you love them
  • give some of your time to someone who is feeling lonely

Recently I have seen on facebook an event ‘The 5,000 Purses Project‘ where women are taking old handbags, filling them with useful feminine products and giving them to someone less fortunate or homeless.  This is such an easy thing to do but the results can be overwhelmingly good.

The Oxford Dictionary defines kindness asThe quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate”.  Surely this is not difficult?

Friendship is not a big thing, it is a million little things

There are so many benefits gained from showing kindness to others

  • You make someone feel special and loved
  • You will feel happier and more fulfilled being kind to others
  • The reward of a smile and knowing you have made someone feel good makes you feel good
  • Kindness is contagious
  • It builds relationships – we are nicer people to be around
  • Improves your mental well-being
  • We feel more compassion
  • You will feel more positive and enjoy life
  • It makes us appreciate and be grateful for all we have
  • We learn tolerance

If we show kindness our children will learn from us and the world may just be a nicer place to live in.  Be a role model.

Being kind to others is so important but we also need to be kind to ourselves.

Don’t feel guilty about being kind to yourself.

We sometimes forget that we need a little kindness in our lives so if you are feeling low or your body is talking to you to slow down, take it easy and be kind to yourself.   Nurture yourself and you will be a better person for not only for yourself but for others.

Did you know that the Elderberry blossom is flower for kindness?


Why not commit to being kinder each day and not just on a day dedicated to being kind.

“What is one act of kindness you can do today?”

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  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill November 13, 2015 at 20:29

    I love the idea of committing to being kinder every day – and I pinned the lovely quote too as a reminder! I think kindness is very under-rated in our world today……it’s a shame we need to be reminded to do/be something that should be natural to us. Lovely post Sue 🙂

    • Reply sue November 14, 2015 at 12:38

      I loved the quote too Leanne! It is a shame we have to be reminded but I’m trying to make it part of my daily intentions. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post 🙂

  • Reply Shellie Bowdoin November 13, 2015 at 20:47

    I really do think kindness is worth it. It allows you to shift the focus from yourself to speak into the life of someone else…even in small ways. I make a point to address servers by name at restaurants and it’s amazing to see how they respond when you actually use their name. Great post! #blogboosterparty


    • Reply sue November 14, 2015 at 12:40

      It totally is worth it Shellie! I just think you feel so good when you are kind rather than being bitter and selfish. I’m like you I try to address servers by name to me it is just courtesy but unfortunately not many people think this way. Thank you for your comments and I’m pleased you enjoyed the post. I love you site as well and glad I found it. Have a great weekend!

    • Reply Wendy November 17, 2015 at 11:38

      You are so right about addressing servers by name, Shellie! My husband is so good about this, but I often forget the name as soon as they introduce themselves (I’ve often joked that my family members need name tags!). I have been trying to be better because yes, it is just being considerate, and I can see the difference it makes when he calls them by name.

  • Reply Kathleen November 14, 2015 at 17:00

    A Lovely post Sue. What a good idea with the old bags filled with things for the less fortunate.
    Thanks for bringing these thoughts on kindness to the party.
    Fridays Blog Booster Party #32

    • Reply sue November 15, 2015 at 12:30

      Thank you Kathleen! In light of the events in Paris we need all the kindness we can give and receive.

  • Reply Wendy November 17, 2015 at 11:38

    Yes. Yes, we do. 🙁

  • Reply Wendy November 17, 2015 at 11:45

    Love this, Sue! You are right about so many of us being so caught up in our busy-ness that we forget to be kind. How did that happen? I ask that rhetorically because I am so guilty of this myself. But I am trying! Seriously, a simple smile is sometimes all it takes! 🙂

    • Reply sue November 18, 2015 at 08:23

      It is so easy to get caught up isn’t it Wendy and you are right about a smile we just sometimes forget. Thank you for stopping by to comment and have a beautiful week!

  • Reply Kathleen November 17, 2015 at 16:08

    Hi Sue, this post was in the TOP SIX most clicked on Fridays Blog Booster Party #32 and will be FEATURED on Friday. Good job!

    • Reply sue November 18, 2015 at 08:24

      Oh Kathleen that is great! To think a couple of weeks ago I was going to give blogging away as I was confusing myself as to what I should be writing about. Thanks for the opportunity to get my blog out there. Have a great week!

  • Reply Haley@The Long Way November 19, 2015 at 01:43

    What a beautiful reminder of being constantly kind. One habit I’ve gotten into is smiling at every person I see while shopping. It’s amazing how many smiles and bright faces you are rewarded with!

    • Reply sue November 19, 2015 at 09:52

      Yes Haley I try to smile at people and most of the time it is returned. Thank you for stopping by to comment and I hope you have a lovely week.

  • Reply Robyn November 19, 2015 at 08:24

    Thanks for the lovely reminder Sue. I like the idea of being kind, it seems so much more specific than aiming to be ‘nice’ or ‘loving’. It’s so true that we can put our blinkers on to the needs of other people because we feel so busy, I’m guilty of that all the time. Something to work on… (visiting via life loving linky)

    • Reply sue November 19, 2015 at 09:53

      Hi Robyn and welcome to my site! Yes we are all guilty of being too busy but if we try to think about our actions and how we can be kind to others it can be infectious and I don’t mind that type of infection at all. Thank you for stopping by to comment and have a beautiful day!

  • Reply Lisa November 19, 2015 at 17:18

    Great post!! Loved every word!

    • Reply sue November 20, 2015 at 07:38

      Oh thank you Lisa for stopping by to comment and I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post.

  • Reply Healing Mama November 19, 2015 at 23:53

    It’s amazing how one small act of kindness can change the course of someone’s day. This reminds me to start showing small acts of kindness daily.

    • Reply sue November 20, 2015 at 07:38

      You are so right! It only takes one small act but we make someone else feel good and the bonus is we feel good as well. Thank you for stopping by to comment and have a beautiful day!

  • Reply Jebbica November 20, 2015 at 02:54

    It’s definitely not hard to be kind! Apparently it is for some or everyone would do it. Stopping by from #JoyHopeLive but I probably would have stopped by anyway! 🙂

    • Reply sue November 20, 2015 at 07:39

      Oh thank you Jessica you are so lovely! I need to get back to your link up! i really like some of the changes you have made in the blog. Have a beautiful day!

  • Reply Bryce Rae November 20, 2015 at 05:25

    I agree with you. We shouldn’t have to dedicate a Kindness Day. We should be kind in every way we can.
    I like to surprise people with kindness.
    Just give people more than they expect.

    Your blog is always a pleasure.

    • Reply sue November 20, 2015 at 07:41

      Oh thank you Bryce, I’m so glad you enjoy my blog. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

  • Reply Marva @ sunSPARKLEshine November 20, 2015 at 10:47

    Hi Sue, I just found your blog on the JoyHopeLive linkup. What a lovely post about kindness. I love that you also reminded us to be kind to ourselves. Looking forward to connecting with you more.

    • Reply sue November 20, 2015 at 13:53

      Hello Marva! I’m so glad you found my blog and enjoyed my post. I look forward to connecting more with you in the future. Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  • Reply gigi November 20, 2015 at 19:28

    What a beautiful post—- Thank you!

    • Reply sue November 21, 2015 at 08:46

      Oh thank you Gigi I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post. Have a lovely weekend!

  • Reply Sheena November 21, 2015 at 00:00

    It is such a shame and on the flip side I also think that we have lost the capacity to acknowledge acts of kindness or the idea we as individuals see as kindness. We go seeking out these acts and yet they surround us everyday. I love your posts and just want to spread this love. Thank you x

    • Reply sue November 21, 2015 at 08:53

      Let’s spread the love together Sheena! I hadn’t thought of the flip side but you are so right we don’t acknowledge acts of kindness as much as we should. It is lovely of you to stop by and I hope you will visit again. Have a great weekend.

  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton November 23, 2015 at 11:14

    Sue, this saddens me, my son and I have been talking about this at length. We humans were made to be in community with other humans, our technology has removed us from each other. We don’t touch or interact with each other nearly enough, how sad. It takes so little to make another happy and the act of doing something kind in turn gives us a memory to relish and it will push us to do it over and over again. Thanks for the reminders and the pointers. I’m smiling at you right now, I hope you can feel it! xx

    • Reply sue November 25, 2015 at 07:33

      I can feel your smile Nikki and I always love hearing from you! I agree about technology – although it has made our lives in some ways easier we have lost the art of communicating personally. Let’s start a movement to be kind! thanks for stopping by to comment and have a lovely day!

  • Reply Tracey Abrahams November 25, 2015 at 23:18

    I think acts of kindness are self rewarding, I always feel better for having done small acts to help other people, things like letting someone with less shoping than me go in front of me in a queue or holding a door open for someone (also basic manners that one).
    I read with interest the comment from Nikki above. I agree that the internet czn make people removed from one another, but it also allows people to connect more. I know a kind word from one of my online friends can make my day x
    Thanks for sharing this, Tracey xx #happydiaries

    • Reply sue November 26, 2015 at 17:36

      Yes I know that Facebook is great because it helps keep family and friends connected. I’ve also met some lovely people through blogging and they live all over the world. I suppose without the internet I would never have met them.

  • Reply Life Loving November 26, 2015 at 05:11

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Everyone should think about being kind to others. I spend at least one day a week working in London and I find so many Londoners really unkind and in such a rush that no one gives a damn about anyone else. I always make it my mission to help the old lady with the suitcase, the woman with the buggy, smile at the people on the tube or let others go before me just so I’m over compensating for those rude people. I find people in my locality much kinder. They hold doors, smile and say good morning. Phew for that!

    Sally @ LifeLoving

  • Reply Mary Gilbert December 2, 2015 at 05:22

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at #JoyHopeLive!

  • Reply Margaretha Montagu November 11, 2016 at 02:23

    Love the idea of the 5000 purses project! So many opportunities to be kind if one is willing to look for them.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 11, 2016 at 17:35

      That is right we just need to be aware but even the smallest gesture of kindness can make a difference.

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  • Reply Joanne T Ferguson November 11, 2016 at 16:04

    I LOVE this blog post which I will be sharing today Sue! It is very uplifting and is exactly what the world needs! Thank you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 11, 2016 at 17:45

      Thank you so much Joanne. I hope you are well and have a beautiful day. xx

  • Reply Molly Stevens November 11, 2016 at 22:05

    Such truth in this post, Sue. It is the little things in everyday life that sets the stage for a spirit of kindness. I try to be on the alert each morning when I drive to work and allow someone into traffic who is waiting at in intersection. I usually get a wave from a stranger, feel good inside and often observe a driver behind me do the same thing as I continue my drive. It feels good and it is contagious! I like the way you reminded us to be kind to ourselves too as this is had to do sometimes. Lovely post.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 12, 2016 at 10:35

      Great idea Molly and I wish all drivers were like that. However, if we start to set an example perhaps others will follow. Being kind to ourselves always comes at the bottom of the list but we really need to move it up. If we don’t be kind to ourselves how can we be kind to others?

  • Reply Mandi November 13, 2016 at 00:34

    Such a lovely post. Thank you.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 13, 2016 at 07:02

      Thanks for stopping by Mandi and have a beautiful day x

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    So true! & the purse project sounds really interesting!

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      Yes I like new ways to help others and this would be really useful for women who are finding life very difficult.

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    I love the idea of the 5,000 purse project. I try everyday to do something kind for a stranger. Hold a door, let them into the lane on the freeway, pay a compliment to the checker at the grocery store. It sometimes doesn’t take much to brighten someone’s day.

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      Even the little gestures mean a lot don’t they Rosie?

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