Sometimes there doesn’t seem to be a lot of kindness in the world, but I assure you there is! I see kindness every day. I practice kindness. I hear about kindness. I find quotes about kindness, like the ones in this article, from some powerful and good people. In order to see more kindness, you need to stop focusing on the people who are void of kindness, despite them being a loud bunch, and start focusing on the people that practice kindness in their everyday lives. And there are a lot of them.
For instance, have you heard about the World Kindness Movement? Over 28 nations are represented in this movement and they are working towards inspiring people towards more kindness and connection nations to create a kinder world.
That’s just one joint movement towards kindness. There are many more around the world, as well as many individuals who understand the value of kindness and are working to spread a message that conveys what they know.
Following are some quotes about kindness that illustrate how to bring more kindness into your life. They will also help you recognize its value.
1. Don’t Be So Quick To Judge
If we all took two seconds to choose kindness before judgment, our world would be a much better place. – Najwa Zebian
We think our judgments define other people, but they don’t. They only define us.
Have you ever had someone sit beside you that you judged as annoying, stupid, grumpy, or something else, only to realize that they were actually a pretty decent person after spending some time listening to them or being around them?
Often, the more we get to know someone, the more we see things that we like in them and the more we disprove our initial judgments about them.
But there are many people we judge without getting to know. We assume the worst about them, don’t spend any time around them and get to know them, and then act based on our judgments.
Instead of making judgment our first call, how about making kindness our first call. Let’s start by seeing people through kind eyes and see what happens.
2. Just Be Cool
Kindness is the new cool. – Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs
This is one of the shortest quotes about kindness, but for some people who want to be seen as cool, it’s one of the most impactful.
In my opinion, kindness and cool have always gone hand in hand.
I remember being in school and thinking the coolest people were not the badasses who smoked outside the doors or the jerks/bullies who had a ton of friends, but the people who were popular AND kind to everyone.
And, I can’t be the only one who found people like that cool. Most people like and respect people who are kind. Except, I suppose, for people who have so much hate and anger in their heart that can’t like and respect anyone.
So, just be cool. Be kind.
3. Your Inner Peace Depends On Kindness
Whatever our religious faith, showing others loving kindness is the best way to bring about inner peace. – Dalai Lama
We all strive towards inner peace. Some of us try to do that through belief and faith. Some of us try to do that through meditation. Some of us try to do that through drugs. But, kindness is a powerful, free, and safe tool to experience more inner peace.
Once you start practicing kindness on a daily basis, you will know exactly what I mean.
I have a very religious friend who finds a lot of inner peace from praying, but she also practices random acts of kindness. In fact, the other day she sent me a picture of her planner, and ‘random acts of kindness’ is one of her must-dos each day.
She understands that kindness makes her feel good about herself and brings her more inner peace. Give it a try!
4. Give More Kindness, Get More Kindness
It’s a simple rule of life. You get back what you give out; be it love or hate, grace or judgment, kindness or rudeness. – Anaggh Desai
Be a jerk to people and they will be a jerk to you.
Be kinder to people and they will be kinder to you.
It’s just the way it is.
So, when you wish people would be kinder to you, practice more authentic kindness.
5. You Have So Many Chances To Practice Kindness In Your Day
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. – Lucius Seneca
Don’t wait for the right moment to do something kind. If you are interacting with someone in some way, you can practice kindness.
That includes being alone in your home if you are online. Watching someone’s video on YouTube, reading someone’s tweet, looking at someone’s Facebook post, or reading someone’s article all give you an opportunity to do something kind. Like, comment, share, donate, congratulate, whatever.
6. Happiness And Kindness Go Hand In Hand
Happiness is never far behind an act of kindness. – Joseph Ranseth
Not only will you experience more peace in life when you practice kindness, but you will also experience more happiness. Why?
Happiness stems from things like satisfaction, contentment, and pleasure. And, you feel those things when you are kind to others. You feel better about yourself.
On the other hand, if you are rude, mean, arrogant, jealous, spiteful, or angry, you can’t feel satisfied, content, or pleasure, and you can’t feel truly happy.
The good news is you have a choice in life. You can stop being rude and mean, and you can consciously choose to be kind instead. In short, you can choose to be miserable or happy.
7. Kindness Can Change The World
How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time. – Morgan Freeman
It’s easy to feel like the world is falling apart when you listen to the news, follow the shocking trends on social media, and listen to the people around you complaining about how shitty this world has gotten. Kindness can seem like a lost cause when you get caught up in all that.
But, it’s not.
Kindness is the way out of all of that.
Kindness is what helps people get along.
Kindness towards the environment can help tackle environmental issues.
Kindness towards people that are different than us can help stop hate and war.
Kindness is the key to help stop all those ugly issues that are plaguing our news feeds.
And, while we would all love to wave a magic wand and cause other people to be kind and compassionate suddenly, there isn’t one. All we can do is practice kindness, one act a time, to help promote that better world. That’s our power.
8. Want To Be More Attractive?
The most attractive traits in any human being are genuine kindness and an ability to laugh at oneself from time to time – Danielle Riendeau
If you want to attract a guy, girl, man, woman, friend, business partner, or anyone else, genuine kindness will go a long way.
Nobody wants to enter a relationship with someone who is a jerk, selfish, or unthoughtful. Nobody!
Everyone wants a relationship where they can trust the person they are dealing with and be treated in a kind and compassionate way.
That’s why kindness is one of the top attractive qualities for everyone!
9. Can A Small Act Of Kindness Be Too Small?
Small acts of kindness to you might be huge to someone else. Showing some love could make someone’s moment, day or even save a life. – Purple Ferdinand
A simple smile could impact someone’s day in a big way.
A kind word could stop someone from doing something stupid.
A helpful hand could help someone to feel less lonely or regain their faith in humanity.
Donating a million dollars might have less of an impact than feeding someone for a day.
You don’t know what your act of kindness could do for someone’s life, so don’t quantify your good deeds.
10. We Have Always Been Human With Human Needs
Regardless of how we think the world has changed, people still respond to kindness, positive words and even a smile! Try it and see. – John Brady
We all want the same things in life. We’ve always wanted those things.
It doesn’t matter what happens in the world, we all will still want those things, so take great value in your ability to give them to other people.
11. Be Kind To The Person In The Mirror
Imagine how strong you would become if you gave the same compassion and kindness you give others to yourself. – Jim Smith
Lastly, this is one of the most important quotes about kindness you can remember because when you are kind to yourself, you feel better about yourself and you will be more capable of spreading kindness to other people.
How can you be kinder to yourself?
- Be authentic and allow yourself to be the person that makes you happiest.
- Be the master of your attitude. Remember that you are responsible for how you act and react, and choose to act and react in a way that benefits you.
- Do your best every day in whatever you do.
- Take time for yourself.
- Be authentic with other people so that they can see who you are and appreciate you for you.
- Speak positively to yourself using positive affirmations about you and your life.
- Forgive yourself for your mistakes and failures.
It takes practice to get in the habit of being kind to yourself. We are often taught that we should beat ourselves up over little things. We are also often taught that we should put other people first. But, when you put yourself first and start being gentle with yourself, other people benefit in a big way.