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Famous People Have Said It: Be Kind

A number of famous people—philosophers, writers, kings and presidents, have said it: be kind. During her full life, former First Lady Barbara Bush advised to “never lose sight” of how we treat each other. The iconic Mark Twain, a man not prone to sentiment, made his own observation. “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

Kindness is a trait most of us possess. And to make the gesture truly special, it should occur spontaneously and often. An attitude that can become infectious is more than just having a smile on your face. It requires an action; words, a gesture—physical help.

Try this simple example, by communicating with someone serving you—like a waiter or salesperson. Put warmth into your conversation, or compliment them in some way. By treating them with kindness, you’ll have made a positive impression.

The word that best describes this genuine human quality is empathy, and can pay dividends in return. It means having an understanding of another’s feelings, and their emotions of the moment.

Some see kindness as a weakness, but this is far from the truth. Being concerned, caring and considerate is a skill—one that requires courage and strength.

Be especially aware of those older and younger, sprinkling your communication with words of encouragement and offers of assistance. These age groups will love you for it—and the feeling you receive in return will make your day.

Professionals are gaining awareness of this instinctive quality, when searching for new hires for positions in industry. In addition, colleges and universities are giving attention to kindness in their student applications. They realize a person having this value can become an asset when planning the future. Then, as young people learn and communicate, empathy can grow and triumph.

We can’t say it enough. Be kind. Be kind. Be kind.