Being kind is one of the most great acts that we can do. We don't need to be rich in money to show kindness to others. Being kind in a simplest way is still a good deed. No need to get pressured in showing how kind you are in a grand way.
According to Oxford dictionary, "kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate."
Meaning to say, being kind is not just always limited in helping others as an act of generosity. We can also show kindness by being friendly with other people despite the differences we have, and also through being considerate in a sense that we can be able to understand other's feelings and situations without judging them in an instant. These three are the qualities that we should possessed completely, nothing's left. Why do I say so?
Some people are friendly but selfish.
Some are generous but not considerate.
Some are considerate but not friendly at all.
We should possessed all the three that have been mentioned earlier. Be kind genuinely without the feeling of negativities in our hearts to prevent evil deeds to happen.
We can show kindness in different ways. According to Andy Thornton (Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist) in his article "The Importance of Kindness," we can show kindness by being aware, non-judgmental, action and helping unconditionally.
At this point, I will explain further the ways mentioned by Andy Thornton, with my own understandings about those.
Being aware of others' situations can be considered as the quality of being kind. We shouldn't have to be always drowned with our own thoughts, feelings and life itself. We should also be aware of what others think and feel, if they need help or consideration from us. Having awareness means we are always open to such opportunities to help other people despite the circumstances.
Me and my best friend planned for a friendly date but, when the time came, that best friend of mine didn't come on the place we are supposed to meet. As her best friend, of course I should be aware first about what is she up to. I should be aware about what she feels and the reasons behind not showing up on our friendly date. I should be considerate enough to understand whatever reasons she has and always consider her feelings too.
Showing kindness means being non-judgmental. If we really want to show kindness with other people, we shouldn't judge quickly based on what we see. Looks can be deceiving. Being kind means we can be able to understand that all people are different from each other and other's actions have reasons behind that. Don't be easy to judge, be critical and learn the full story first.
A child stole a piece of bread from the store. We saw such act fully with our eyes and decided to confront that child by chasing him until he surrender. It happened that a child stole a piece of bread because he is so hungry after not eating anything for the whole day as an unfortunate being who doesn't have enough money and his poor family can't sustain his need for food. As a non-judgmental person, we shouldn't judge the child quickly by his action even though it was wrong in the first place. The hungry child can't think of a better solution because of the urge for food and decided to steal instead. If we want to show kindness, instead of judging the child, better give him food to eat and help him with the best we can do.
Through action, we can show how kind we are. By being helpful even in the simplest ways, we can be called kind as long as our intention is to put a smile on other's faces. Be generous and friendly in different circumstances. We should act kindly and never ever think of evil deeds towards each other.
We have our classmate who decided to sit quietly in her chair during recess time because she doesn't have money to buy foods in the canteen. With that, we can act kindly by sharing our foods to her or give some money if there is to let her buy what she wants.
On the other hand, we also have this classmate whose being left out during lectures. As an act of kindness, we can help him through teaching and guiding him with the basic lessons after class or during vacant hours.
Be kind but don't expect something in return. We can help others without thinking about the benefits we can have in return from them. We shouldn't always think of it as a give and take process. We can give as much as we want to, but never expect them to help us back because it's not the sense of being kind if we want them to give back what we gave. Help unconditionally as much as possible, if they give something in return then say "thank you," if not, then it's okay too.
We helped our friend in courting his crush and as a return, we are asking him to buy foods for us as a way of paying back. That shouldn't be the case. If we want to help others, then just do it genuinely without asking them something in return.
Being kind means doing good deeds unconditionally to other people and even to our own selves. We can show kindness even in a small way. Showing kindness in a simple way is just the same with giving expensive gifts. And what's the point of giving expensive things if it doesn't came from our hearts and still hold grudges into it? Just be kind, despite the circumstances. No need to get pressured by not being rich in money to help.
Being kind doesn't shown from how much money we have, as long as we are rich in love to be friendly, generous, and considerate with everyone unconditionally, then that's the real kindness we should be proud of.