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Traits Of Irresistible People (TIP) # 3: Kindness

Kindness is a simple concept, yet so very impactful. It can make the world a better place by ending suffering at the hands of war, hunger, human rights violations, and injustice. It has the power to drastically improve our own well-being as well as that of our families, friends, acquaintances, and strangers. The very act of expressing graciousness to one another can make us more empathetic of other people’s hardships. Within the workforce, kindness towards one another can inspire employees to be more productive and make businesses more profitable. And within our communities, kindness contributes to safer and cleaner schools and neighborhoods.
Bob Kerry once said, “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly and most underrated agent in human change.” What a profound statement! And yet it is the easiest thing in the world to execute. With very little time (even just two minutes a day) and very minimal effort we can transform a human being’s day, week, or even life. The return on investment is off the charts!
Every act of kindness creates a ripple effect that spreads from person to person with no end in sight. Kindness is contagious like a disease in which the outcome is divinely beautiful. Science tells us we are more likely to perform a thoughtful deed when someone does one for us. Take for instance the stranger who smiles at you. Almost always, you’ll return the gesture and you’ll be more prone to smile at the next person you see. It’s a ripple effect. You can choose to be the starting point for that ripple effect.
Pay attention to how kindness has the ability to impact your life. Observe those moments when someone does something unexpectedly kind for you. How frequently does it happen? How does it make you feel? Does it transform your outlook on the day? We challenge you to commit a random act of kindness. Spend two minutes a day doing it for just three weeks. How does it make you feel? How does it make your recipients feel?
We always remember the feeling more than the actual occurrence. If you become intentional about creating positive powerful memories in every day moments, then you will eventually build a legacy of outstanding kindness and that is what people will buy into whenever you show up. It is not what you do occasionally but rather what you do intentionally that counts.
The world is void of kindness and your small daily acts of kindness could be the distinguishing factor from all the other people around you. Go that extra mile and be sure that your act of kindness is the start of a great movement. Be the kind of person whom people get excited to meet because you exhume kindness with every stroke of your actions.
When people feel good being around you, they will rally behind you and inevitably they will want to bring all their peers to your space so they can create wider shared experiences. Kindness is a powerful trait that will make you irresistible and it almost costs you nothing to be kind rather just being intentional about it.

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