In a society where people are overworked, underpaid, do not get enough sleep, but are still expected to be successful and content members of the upper classes of society, kindness is a rare commodity.
The rat race takes its toll. Social scientists are now gathering more and more evidence that human beings are hard-wired to be generous. How does it affect us when we go against nature by being selfish?
For businessmen, corporations, and small business owners, acts of kindness are known to have a positive impact on customer loyalty, employee retention, and word-of-mouth marketing efforts. All these contribute greatly to the bottom line.
Of course, cultivation of kindness as a strategy is a bit of an oxymoron. True kindness is kindness for its own sake. With society being what it is, some people would like to be more kind, but just don’t know where to start.
In the spirit of Random Acts of Kindness Week, here are some small tricks and hacks you can use to incorporate more kindness in your daily routine, just until it becomes as natural as breathing. International Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 10 – 16, 2014, was created by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation as an annual celebration of kindness across the globe.
1. Choose What You Expose Yourself To
After witnessing exceptionally altruistic acts, people are more likely to perform charitably themselves, according to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. What does this mean for you? No more “Breaking Bad” (or “Game of Thrones,” or actually, most shows on TV).
Jokes aside, make sure your daily reading list does not cover just the news and industry publications. Add to your RSS reader feeds that inspire you. Read at least one story a day about someone who helped others unconditionally or any other act of kindness.