May 31, 2019
“Be honest, be kind, and share the love.”
I think the virtue I appreciate the most is Kindness. It seems like there is more animosity and anger in today’s world than is good for us. I know that most of the people I meet where I now live are good folks who look out for each other.
If someone is feeling ill or down in the dumps a fellow resident will notice and take action. If they can’t do something to help they get a staff member who can. The people here are quick to offer there help if it is needed and their friendship when all is well.
You know what? The kindest folks are also the happiest. I am glad I live among them. Here is an edited article written by Karyn Hall Ph.D. published in Psychology Today that I want to share with you.
The Importance of Kindness
Being kind can strengthen your relationships and sense of satisfaction in life. Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Affection, gentleness, warmth, concern, and care are words that are associated with kindness. Kindness is an interpersonal skill.
Science has now shown that devoting resources to others, rather than having more and more for yourself, brings about lasting well-being.
There are different ways to practice kindness. One way to be kind is to open your eyes and be active when you see people in need. Do you notice when people could use a helping hand? A sense of community is created when people are kind to those who need help. A kind word, a smile, opening a door, or helping carry a heavy load can all be acts of kindness.
Kindness is a willingness to full-heartedly celebrate someone else’s successes. Kindness is to be openly happy for the other person.
Kindness includes being kind to yourself. Do you treat yourself kindly? Do you speak gently and kindly to yourself and take good care of yourself?
There are many ways to be kind and many opportunities to practice. Perhaps kindness is a value that could add more satisfaction to and strengthen your relationships.
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tired of having to balance his wife Cindy’s checkbook, Mike made a deal with her; he would look at it, but only after she had spent a few hours trying to wrestle it into shape. The following night, after spending hours poring over stubs and figures, Cindy said proudly, “I’ve done it! I made it balance!”
Impressed, Mike came over to take a look. “Let’s see… mortgage 550.00, electricity 70.50, phone 35.00.” His brow wrinkled as he read the last entry. “It says here ESP, $615. What the heck is that?”
“Oh,” she said, “That means, Error Some Place!”
Living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.
A young man who worked for my husband at his contracting business came in one day, devastated because he and his girlfriend had broken up.
“Isn’t this the fourth or fifth time you two have split up?” my husband asked.
“Yeah,” replied the young man. “But this is only the second time for good.”
College — The four year period when parents are permitted access to the telephone.
When Joe’s wife ran away, he got so depressed that his doctor sent him to see a psychiatrist. Joe told the psychiatrist his troubles and said, “Life isn’t worth living.”
“Don’t be stupid, Joe,” said the psychiatrist. “Let work be your salvation. I want you to totally submerge yourself in your work. Now, what do you do for a living?”
“I clean out septic tanks,” Joe replied.
To err is human, to forgive – highly unlikely.
How to tell the weather:
Go to your back door and look for the dog.
If the dog is at the door and he is wet, it’s probably raining. But if the dog is standing there really soaking wet, it is probably raining really hard. If the dog’s fur looks like it’s been rubbed the wrong way, it’s probably windy. If the dog has snow on his back, it’s probably snowing. Of course, to be able to tell the weather like this, you have to leave the dog outside all the time, especially if you expect bad weather.
Sincerely, The CAT
All of the biggest technological inventions created by man – the airplane, the automobile, the computer – says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness.
Alice and Frank are bungee-jumping one day. Alice says to Frank, “You know, we could make a lot of money running our own bungee-jumping service in Mexico.” Frank thinks this is a great idea, so they pool their money and buy everything they’ll need; a tower, an elastic cord, insurance, etc.
They travel to Mexico and begin to set up on the square. As they are constructing the tower, a crowd begins to assemble. Slowly, more and more people gather to watch them at work. When they had finished, there was such a crowd they thought it would be a good idea to give a demonstration.
So, Alice jumps. She bounces at the end of the cord, but when she comes back up, Frank notices that she has a few cuts and scratches.
Unfortunately, Frank isn’t able to catch her and she falls again, bounces and comes back up again. This time, she is bruised and bleeding.
Again, Frank misses her. Alice falls again and bounces back up. This time she comes back pretty messed up — she’s got a couple of broken bones and is almost unconscious. Luckily, Frank finally catches her this time and says, “What happened? Was the cord too long?”
Barely able to speak, Alice gasps, “No, the bungee cord was fine…It was the crowd. What the hell is a piñata?”
“One who is kind is sympathetic and gentle with others. He is considerate of others’ feelings and courteous in his behavior. He has a helpful nature. Kindness pardons others’ weaknesses and faults. Kindness is extended to all — to the aged and the young, to animals, to those low of station as well as the high.”
Ezra Taft Benson
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