“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain
The book “Radical Kindness: The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving” by Angela C. Santomero has a number of suggestions for practicing kindness. Some of the key points are summarized below:
- Angela Santomero defines kindness as “seeing with one’s heart”. We learn to see ourselves, others and the world with respect, patience, compassion and humility. We infuse what we think, say and do with warmth, understanding and care.
- When we are kind to ourselves, we take care of ourselves. Self-care includes exercise, eating quality food, practicing fulfilling hobbies, spending time with supportive friends and believing in ourselves. Self-care means addressing our personal physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs.
- When we are kind to others, we ask for help when needed, we foster our social connections and we give our full attention to people we interact with. We really listen and remember something about them. We treat everyone as important.
- When we are kind for a better world, we get involved, we buy local, we treat the environment with care and we volunteer for a cause or causes close to our heart.
“Kindness is always a gift. Whether we are giving it to others or to ourselves, it elevates both the giver and the receiver. In a world where anxiety, loneliness, and suffering are all too familiar, we always have the capacity to act with kindness. ” – Aviva Romm, MD
“You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon will be too late.” – Emerson
Santomero, Angela C. (2019).Radical Kindness: The Life Changing Power of Giving and Receiving.New York: HarperCollins.
Prepared by Wally Lazaruk, August 2019