Should We Be Kind?

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“Choose being kind over being right, and you’ll be right every time.”

I agree with this quote by Richard Carlson, author of “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff.” But sometimes I find myself wondering exactly how to be kind. What does it mean to be kind? And even if I know it’s right, is there a “right” way to be kind?

There are lots of other words associated with kindness: if you’re kind, you’re likely friendly, caring, and generous. You may also sympathize with others, and people might describe you as warm-hearted and considerate. Kindness isn’t only about “being” a certain way, though; it’s about action, doing kind acts. That “doing” is where I always struggle. What if someone wants me to do something that I don’t want to do? Is it kindness to do it anyway, if it will help them?

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