The Benefits of Kindness and Gratitude: The Secret to a Happy Life
Mar 28, 2023

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We live in a world where many people believe that being kind and grateful is a sign of weakness.
They may criticize Millennials, who are often seen as being too sensitive.
While I agree that there is a limit to how sensitive we should be, and that we should not be offended by every little thing,
being kind and grateful is a different matter.

I believe that kindness and gratitude are two of the most important qualities that a person can have.
Being kind is not about being weak or letting people walk all over you. It’s about doing something nice for someone else, without expecting anything in return. It’s about being kind to others and to yourself. A simple gesture such as holding the door open for someone or give someone a compliment.
Gratitude can help you to appreciate the simple things in your life that we often take for granted. When you are grateful, you are choosing to focus on the positive aspects of your life. This can help you to feel happier and more optimistic.

Both kindness and gratitude have been shown to have also numerous health benefits for both the giver and the receiver: they can reduce stress, improve mood, promote better sleep and even boost the immune system.

In a world that is often filled with hatred and bitterness, especially in social media interactions, I truly believe that if everyone was just a little bit kinder to each other, the world would be a much more peaceful and enjoyable place to live in.

I often find myself observing people when I take the subway in the morning. While most, if not all, are usually self absorbed in their own world with their eyes glued on their phones, the ones who are not, sometimes look ‘upset’ or ready to ‘attack’, as if everyone on the train is an enemy.
Sure, the subway is not always the safest place to be on earth, you need to be aware of your surroundings, but I see this even when I walk to an office or go to do the grocery shopping.

I remember listening to a song back when I was a teenager and still living in Italy, which caught my attention and it stayed with me since. The title of the song was: *“GENTILMENTE” *
There are many benefits to being kind. When you do something nice for someone else, it releases endorphins in your brain that make you feel happy. Kindness can also improve your relationships with others. When you are kind, you are choosing to see the good in people, you make people feel loved and appreciated, like they matter.
When people see that you are a kind and considerate person, they are more likely to want to be around you.

If you are looking for a way to improve your life, start being kinder to others. It is a simple act that can have a big impact.

Here are some ideas for practicing kindness and gratitude:

  • Meditate: Meditation can help you to focus on the present moment and to appreciate the good in your life.
  • Write in a journal: Writing in a journal can help you to track your gratitude and to reflect on the good things in your life.
  • Let someone go ahead of you in line (especially elderly people). This is a simple act of kindness that can make a big difference.
  • Donate to a charity: This is a great way to show your gratitude and to help others.
  • Make sure you wear a smile on your face on most days.
  • Say "thank you" or write a letter of gratitude to someone who has done something nice for you.
    This is a simple but effective way to show your appreciation.

Kindness is not always easy, but it is always worth it. Next time you go out, give it a try and and see how it makes you feel.

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Afsheen Shah
Mar 30, 2023

It brings me great joy to compliment someone, buy the coffee order of the person behind me and other random acts of kindness. I know those same things bring me joy as well. Kindness and gratitude are such important qualities.

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