Have you seen a meme, article, or book lately promoting the “Be Kind” message? What about cards that promote kindness?
I recently came across cards promoting kindness while shopping on Amazon and I just had to share the concept since Kindness is Mindfulness – one of the very best forms.
The cards claim to help make the world a kinder place by spreading kindness reminders, joyful sayings and tips on how to be mindful.
So what are these magical cards exactly?
They are called Kindness Matters Cards* and the idea is to spread them around as you see fit to promote more kindness around you. It’s a stack of 100 cards with motivational kindness quotes. I just love this concept!
One reviewer said:
“Distributing these cards is a great way to raise kindness awareness and help create a positive change in a community’s social climate.
I keep a stack of the cards in my purse to hand out to people and to leave in places where others are sure to find them. I even include them in my bill payments.
I ordered the box of 100 and will soon order the 250. These cards are a fun way to “spread kindness like confetti!”
What a fun challenge to make the world a more mindful place, especially for kids! Simple, easy and effective. I’m excited to give them a try because I think we really, really need this extra encouragement.
There is so much anger and chaos in this world and it’s spilling into our personal relationships. It’s disheartening that society needs these consistent reminders but I get it.
Life can be tough. And it’s objectively tougher for some to be kind on a regular basis due to life circumstances and/or brain chemicals. But it is possible to improve your baseline kindness.
Reminders really help!
Choosing kindness is actually a form of mindfulness, especially when you have a relatively reactionary personality like I do. The fact that we need to be bombarded with “be kind” reminders just goes to show how challenging it can be for some people, especially when they are facing obstacles in their life combined with media spin.
I’ve seen generally happy, caring people turn bitter, cranky and sarcastic in the snap of a finger due to insecurities brewing or feelings of overwhelm and anger. It’s a vicious cycle and the best way to train your brain towards effortless kindness is by being mindful of your reactions and truly thinking about why you do what you do.
This is especially important for children whose brains are developing at such a rapid rate. Get the kindness wired in early! I love the Action for Happiness Kindness Project in Schools, a group working hard to instill kindness habits into each and every child.
Another important facet of the ‘be kind’ movement is forgiveness.
The idea of ‘forgiveness’ can make some people really frustrated and it’s understandable. When you feel wronged, or even more powerful, when a loved one is wronged, we go into defense mode.
We feel we must defend ourselves and our loved ones and resolve the issue. In some extreme cases, forgiveness may not be an option for you, but all the more reason to practice forgiveness for the stuff that doesn’t ultimately matter.
This practice frees up so much mental energy to fight the big battles with a clear mind and allows for mindfulness and kindness to flow so much smoother.
I realize this is so much easier said than done and I am by no means an expert at this. But when I prioritize mindfulness, I notice effective problem solving and kindness flow and if everyone could move an inch in that direction I believe society would be better off.
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