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Compassion

The Psychology of Being a More Thoughtful and Kind Person

The Psychology of Being a More Thoughtful and Kind Person I take a psychology class at school, and, as the year comes to a close, I’ve learned a lot about human nature and our capacity for kindness.  I’ve learned about the reality of altruism, the bystander effect, and the Milgram experiment.  I’ve learned about egocentrism and theory of mind, and the ways in which we develop concern for and understanding of others.  I’ve learned that there are a lot of psychological phenomena that give us reason to be selfish, and I’ve wondered why we still don’t put in the effort to be kind to one another. Altruism is the belief in or practice of selfless concern for others.  We all…

Amity

Little Things Done With Great Love

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks, as if they were great and noble.”  Who do you think said that?  St. Therese, the little flower of Jesus? St.  Teresa  of Calcutta.  St. Teresa of  Avila? No! The correct answer is Helen Keller. I wonder if you are as shocked as I was at the answer. Yes, Helen Keller, a blind deaf woman who could barely talk, not only is known for this quote, but also lived this quote. Helen Keller spoke volumes even though she could barely utter a sound. Anne Sullivan taught her how to have eyes to see, a voice to speak out and ears to…

Amity,Inspiration

Growing Kindness with Yeses

There are so many self-help books out there that teach people to say “no,” to draw boundaries, to claim their space, and stick with it. What if kindness resides in the “yeses” and not the “noes?” What if with each “yes,” we are showing others that we are willing to carve time into our day to sit with them, to listen to them, and to share some insight with them. What if we grow with every yes? A new possibility unfolds and we allow ourselves to change according to that moment? What if, kindness is simply the ability to live in each moment and consciously choose to shape that moment through acts that would benefit another? I’m not suggesting saying…

Amity

Loving Your Own Company

One thing we are constantly informed of is that humans are social beings and that being alone is one of the greatest afflictions we can endure. Mix that with the pressures that we all experience; reconciliation of self-identity, images of our best selves, and our desires to be moral, helpful people. It can seem like we have some very large shoes to fill, our own. These common psychological afflictions contribute largely to a decreased sense of self-worth, and a sense that we are not as good right now as we should be. It is important to be able to be content with yourself and still give yourself room to grow and change for the better. There are a couple of…

Inspiration

THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE!

Sometimes in life we discover a “pearl of great price” that was right before your eyes all the time, yet we were blind to it.  Some have this experience with their Catholic Faith; the treasure is either not seen or taken for granted.  As we rediscover our faith and learn more about it, our eyes are opened, revealing the hidden jewels.  One of the best hidden treasures of our faith is the Sacrament of Matrimony. God says, “The two shall become one.”  Mathematically, it looks like this: 1+1=1.  I wonder what Einstein would think?  It is God alone who can knit two hearts into one.  He alone can accomplish the miracle of the sacrament within.  Does it happen right away? …

Amity

World Kindness Day: Can We Build a Ritual of Being Good

an we go about with all the goodness of our being and just be plain nice to everyone around. Can we build a purpose and passion in life to be kind and loving. Do we miss opportunities of showing kindness because of the chaos in our life. Is kindness a far fetched mission for us, which seems good to hear but hard to act. Why not take the personal responsibility to make a positive contribution in our lives and become the person we truly desire to be. trigger that passion within ourselves to be kind not occasionally but every day Building rituals it is said are powerful motivators in achieving one’s personal goals in life. Being chosen consciously, rituals have…

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