Creating A Kindness Revolution

March 26, 2020 | Written by Monica Bey

Most people know that there is a fine line between laughing with someone, laughing at someone and purposely making fun of another person at their expense.

For as long as I can remember, telling offensive jokes has been considered good entertainment. Comedians make fun of ethnicities, different religions, and people of different sexual orientations. That was totally normal up until recently, but it is still ingrained in our culture and is a perfect example of why we see recurring patterns of despair in the world.

These days, you can never know how far someone will go when they’ve had enough of being picked on. We need to be more careful. More empathetic. More compassionate. We must find ways to entertain ourselves that don’t trample on the feelings and sense of worth of others.

Being mean-spirited for laughs permeates our daily lives and interactions with one another. When we relate being mean to others as entertainment, it fosters negative subconscious energy within ourselves. That isn’t good for anyone.

We’ve unfortunately created a culture of selfishness that doesn’t promote kindness and care toward each other. I’m not saying that people are always nasty to each other (although it can feel like it in the comments section of most online posts), but if people were more kind, the world would be a better place.

It’s time to start fostering a culture of kindness instead of indifference. That is good for everyone.

Here are three ways to contribute to creating a world of kindness:

Do something nice for someone for nothing in return. This doesn’t have to cost you money or even much time. When you see someone who needs something that you can easily provide, just do it. Whether that’s a shoulder to cry on, constructive advice or otherwise showing you care, a little kindness goes a long way. This is especially true when it is done to a stranger because it reminds them that they matter in the world. A basic human need is to feel significant.

Lead by example. If you have people looking up to you, make sure you are leading by example to show them that kindness is the default, not the exception. As people follow your lead, you are contributing to a better, safer world.

Make decisions from a place of love. When we make decisions from a negative emotional state, that’s exactly what we are fostering in the world. Instead, make your decisions from a place of love. Let those negative emotions subside and work to get yourself in a place of understanding, seeing all sides of a situation before you make decisions. This ensures the actions and reactions you put out there are with positive energy and not negativity.

Why do we want a kinder world? Because we all have to live in it and almost every problem we have in the world is due to a lack of kindness and care from one or more sides. To live in a better world, we must create it.