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Psst: Kindness Isn't Just a Trend

Being nice is mainstream, but it isn’t just a trend. Kindness is a choice we need to keep choosing.

Image by: Dayne Topkin

Kindness shouldn’t feel like an obligation.

I’ve reflected a lot about kindness lately, and I’ve realized it can both come naturally and feel like a requirement. Even if you’re a nice person, sometimes you feel forced to do things you don’t really want to do.

But kindness shouldn’t feel forced! That being said, it’s important to remember that ultimately, being kind is a choice. Sure, you can do nice things, but unless you’re intentionally doing something for the betterment of someone else, or yourself, you’re not being kind, you’re just being polite.

It’s also important to remember that kindness doesn’t always have to come from people who are close to you. Harry, one of my close friends from college, said something along those lines that really stuck with me.

The act of being kind doesn’t rest solely on you. I was chatting with my bestie Nicoletta, and she said something that expanded upon Harry’s idea of showing mutual kindness.

Kindness has a sort of domino effect: if we choose to knock down that first domino, it will set off a chain of events that keep going.