It is a tough subject to think about these days especially with the world events unfolding in front of us – our screens constantly reminding us the fate of the kind and the compassionate ones. What keeps me stick to the subject? 18th century French moralist Joseph Joubert said “Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.”
Many studies have linked kindness to happiness, health and a decrease in negative emotions. Kindness makes us less lonely and less depressed. It strengthens our immune system, reduces aches and pains, improves our cardiovascular profile, and boosts energy and strength in elderly people. In fact people who volunteer live longer!
“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama
18th century English philosopher, Edmund Burke, who is remembered for his support of the cause of the American revolutionaries said: “All that matters for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.”
One of America’s own favorite writer, William Arthur Ward said: “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” So let us start with that.
humour: What do chickens work on in science class? Egg-speriments