3 Ways Kindness Grows
Subliminally and experientially we teach our children what kindness looks and feels like. With nary a lecture, they go forward, influenced and inspired by our graciousness, humility, and gratitude spreading it to others.
- Graciousness – Boarding the plane after a long delay, a few passengers needed the flight attendants’ attention. The woman across the aisle from me patiently waited with a smile. Just as worn from waiting, the flight attendant was cheered from her smile and smiled in return. Whatever we do we might as well do with grace and patience so our joy, thoughtfulness, and love flows from us to others.
- Humility – It is remarkably refreshing to hear a parent say to their child, “It was my fault, I was wrong, please forgive me.” We make mistakes. We say things we don’t mean. We forget to do things. We break promises. It’s our apologizing and asking for forgiveness that heals the rifts and gives our kids permission to admit their mistakes and apologize, too.
- Gratitude – As we appreciate the abundant blessings, gifts, and wonders in our life and the lives of those around us, we experience the emotion of gratitude. Having an attitude of gratitude increases our resistance to stress and keeps negative thinking at bay. When we express our thanks and appreciation to our children they feel special, honored and affirmed.
Warm regards and appreciation for all you do,