You won’t see kindness called out in any interview notes. You won’t hear it being called out as an executive’s best quality in an introduction on stage, you rarely hear it being mentioned in business at all really. As Charlie Mackesy says in his book The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse: “Nothing beats kindness,’ said the horse. ‘It sits quietly beyond all things.”
Kindness is ignored because it’s seen as a passive and many behave in business as if it is an insignificant trait. However, it has the power to create positive change and make a significant impact on someone’s life. Small acts of kindness can have a ripple effect, improving mental health, building relationships, and creating a more compassionate world.
It is often believed that being clever is the key to success in life, but in reality, kindness is the true virtue that leads to a happier and more fulfilling life. While cleverness can help you achieve short-term success, kindness has a long-lasting impact on both you and the people around you.
A simple act of kindness, such as holding the door for someone or giving a compliment, can brighten up their day and even inspire them to pass on the kindness to others. This chain reaction can create a positive environment that benefits everyone around you.
kindness is essential for building meaningful relationships. When you show kindness to others, you create a connection based on empathy and understanding. This connection can lead to trust, respect, and ultimately, long-lasting friendships.
I believe kindness has a positive impact on your mental and physical health. When you are kind, your brain releases feel-good hormones such as serotonin and oxytocin, which can boost your mood and reduce stress levels. Additionally, acts of kindness can also increase your sense of purpose and self-worth, which are crucial for a healthy mindset.
In contrast, relying solely on cleverness can lead to a lack of empathy and a self-centered approach to life. Being clever may help you solve problems and achieve goals, but it won’t necessarily bring you long-lasting happiness or fulfillment.
While being clever has its benefits, kindness is for me the true superpower that can make a significant impact on your life and the lives of those around you. By choosing to be kind, you can create a positive environment, build meaningful relationships, and improve your mental and physical health. So, let us all strive to be kinder to ourselves and to others every day.
Hearty handshakes from me to you