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7 Steps to Being a Kinder Person

Kindness is the best gift. You know because it gives you that welcome skip in the heart, whether you’re giving or receiving. Yet in this time of frantic holiday making, kindness can get lost along the way.

 

By Jinny Ditzler

I’ve always found that an easy way to make a positive change is to take stock of how I’m doing. I invite you to do the same as a way of becoming an even kinder person.

So as you read through these seven steps, think about how you’re doing. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, how would you rate yourself on each step? More later about what to do next.

1. Be kind to me. If you’re not taking care of yourself — exercising, taking time on your own, sitting quietly, reading — your well is empty. Then it’s too easy to become resentful and impatient, let alone kind to others. Just 20 minutes a day makes a difference.

2. Speak from my heart. In the past few months I’ve realized that this step is vital. Taking a breath, reaching deep, and speaking kindly and authentically is far better than sharing what’s on my mind about what I need from others. An instant connection is made and love is present.

3. Be interested, not interesting. I heard this wisdom decades ago from Werner Erhard, one of my earliest teachers. Being genuinely interested is a high level of caring and compassion. These words from the ancient philosopher Plato have recently been popular sharing material — and no wonder.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
4. Be positive. For over four decades we’ve been having family reunions, and our motto when we’re together is to remember PMA — having a Positive Mental Attitude. The Buddha said that people with a kind heart have a “a single flavor in that it is always and exclusively positive.” Read Full Article

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