KEY TAKE AWAYS:
✅ The Kindness Habit - Putting love into action through intentional kindness every day by embracing behaviors that show value and appreciation for ourselves and others.
✅ Kindness only matters if you're looking for ways to thrive personally and professionally.
✅ Kindness is the keystone habit for on which every other habit hinges for success.
The Kindness Habit
The Kindness Habit?
What is it and why does it matter to you, both personally and professionally?
The Kindness Habit is simply this:
Putting love into action through intentional kindness every day by embracing behaviors that show value and appreciation for ourselves and others.
Does it really matter?
Does the Kindness Habit matter either personally or professionally (meaning as an entrepreneur or business organization)?
Well, that depends.
If, personally and/or professionally, you enjoy a toxic culture, thrive on negative relationships, love stress, appreciate stunted productivity, low morale, poor collaboration, lousy employee and customer satisfaction, desire poorer mental, physical, and emotional health, and relish lowered financial results, then the Kindness Habit probably won't matter to you.
If, on the other hand, you're searching for ways to thrive both personally and professionally, the Kindness Habit is the keystone habit that will make all the difference!
What I am saying is that it is the keystone habit - the habit on which every other habit hinges for our success.
It is the only habit that leads to true joy, happiness, and well-being. How can I make that bold assertion? Because we, as human beings, no matter where we are in the world, no matter our race, gender, religious or non-religious affiliations, have the same basic needs to live, to love and be loved, and to feel important (valued and appreciated). As individuals we are inextricably connected to those needs and as fellow human beings, we are inextricably connected to each other in order to fulfill them.
You may be wondering how I, a cybersecurity guy turned kindness advocate who has no degree in psychology or behavioral science, can make such a bold statement. However, it is not rocket science and doesn't take years of study to know that when you or I adopt behaviors that show value and appreciation for ourselves and others, our chances of developing mutually beneficial relationships go up. We've all experienced it personally and professionally. We can also observe, that when we adopt the opposite behaviors, our relationships with both ourselves and others, begin to wither and we struggle.
It is the Kindness Habit that empowers us to build and maintain the powerful, trustworthy relationships that create, maintain, and enhance those connections.
Obviously, this is a newsletter. The Kindness Habit definition of "putting love in to action through intentional kindness every day by embracing behaviors that show value and appreciation for ourselves and others," is simple and straight forward, but it covers a lot of territory. Behaviors by which we show value and appreciation to ourselves and others are numerous - too numerous to cover in an inaugural newsletter. However, here is some food for thought to mull over in your mind until next week's installment.
Take a few minutes and ask yourself, the following questions.
How do I see and think about the people around me - all the people around me?
How do I see myself?
Do I see and think about myself and others as having the same basic needs to live, to love and be loved, to feel important? Or do I dehumanize myself or others, and see myself and others as objects, as mere pawns in the game of life.
I invite you to chew on those questions for a while. The answers are vital.
How we see and think about ourselves and others drives how we feel about ourselves and others which drives the behaviors we embrace towards ourselves and others.
While it may seem like and idealistic statement, it is nevertheless true.
It is only when we begin to see, think and feel that we and others deserve to be valued and appreciated that we begin to act that way. It is then that the transformation that only loving and caring behaviors can bring, begins.
Until next week. Remember to embrace kindness - it does everybody good!
THIS WRITING FOR THIS ARTICLE IS 100% HUMAN GENERATED.
Randall McNeely is a passionate advocate for kindness and the transformative power it can have in our lives.
He is the author of multiple books including The Kindness Givers' Formula 2.0: A 5-Step Guide to Reaching Hearts, Inspiring Change, and Healing the World Through Love, and The Kindness Library Volume 1: Inspiring True Stories of the Transformative Power of Kindness.
Randy speaks about and teaches how to lead with kindness to bring out the best in others and get fantastic results.
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1 - Jenet Jacob Erickson - Designed for Covenant Relationships - BYU Speeches, November 8, 2022 - https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/jenet-erickson/designed-for-covenant-relationships/