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Kindness is not just a gift you give to others, but also a gift you should give yourself. Being kind often is looked at as something you do – being kind to our neighbor, being kind to animals, and even to our planet – but often we overlook ourselves in the equation. I have compiled this list of 50 inspirational quotes about kindness to motivate you to incorporate more kindness not only into your routine when you interact with others, (on and offline) but to make it an essential part of your self-care routine.
Kindness to oneself – an essential part of self-care
It is a lot easier to start giving to others when coming from a point of fullness when you have met your own need for self-care and
self-respect. That may mean that you have to forgive yourself for past failures and transgressions, but it also may mean that you
have to learn to stand up for your own needs and regain healthy boundaries while creating your own safe space.
Kindness to others – releasing the need for judgment
True kindness means that we have to learn to let go of judgments and the need for control of which is not ours to control. Judgement
of those we know, or oftentimes, we don’t know makes it impossible for us to be kind to them, to be empathetic to another’s situation,
and to see a different point of view. Just like gratitude, kindness is a fundamental spiritual principle, that allows us to approach
everyone the way we want to be approached – with an open mind, and an open heart.
Inspirational Quotes about kindness
- “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
- “Unfortunately we treat others as we treat ourselves. We should try being genuinely kind to ourselves and the rest will come naturally, like a Platinum Rule.”
― Erica Goros
- “The most genuine acts of kindness are done without fanfare and when no one is looking.”
― Jason Pollock
- “Kindness in your dealings with yourself and others will work wonders in your life. Much more so than rightness in your thinking.”
― Kim R. Shaffer
- “Sometimes you have to put yourself in other people’s shoes to really understand the hardships of their souls.”
― Kellie Elmore
- “A simple act of kindness the size of a rice grain can weigh as heavy as a mountain.”
― Feroz Bham
- Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
- “I believe in giving kindness, regardless of how unreasonable and self-centered a person is. Kindness is a gift of sanctity for a person. It has the goal of making the soul smile.”
― Lionel Suggs
- Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” -Mark Twain
- “Kindness is for all times in all situations – not just when it suits you.”
― Audray Landrum
- “We change the world a little each day with our kindness.” – Tom Giaquinto
- “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “You never know the hurt others endure in this world behind the closed windows of their life, or the joy a simple act of kindness can bring.”
― Jennifer Skiff
- “Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” -George Sand
- “Money is but one venue for generosity.
Kindness is an even more valuable currency.”
― Alan Cohen
- “There is no greater intelligence than kindness and empathy.”
― Bryant McGill
- “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” -William Arthur Ward
- “My earnest request is that you practice love and kindness whether you believe in a religion or not.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
- “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” -Albert Schweitzer
- “Never underestimate the distance that one simple act of kindness can carry you.”
― Thurman P. Banks Jr.
- “Happiness has no time limits or conditions; the only requirement is to give it away.”
― George Alexiou
- “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” -Princess Diana
- “Kindness is a currency that can cover a multitude of interpersonal debts.”
― George Alexiou
- “Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine, Kind words, and Kind deeds.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.”
-Barbara de Angelis
- “Abuse changes who we are, it changes who we become, It changes how we move in the world – And so does kindness”
― Nikki Rosen
- “When we involve others in spontaneous acts of kindness, we go from being strangers to becoming a united team connected at the heart level.”
― Molly Friedenfeld
- “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” -Scott Adams
- “One who is kind is sympathetic and gentle with others. He is considerate of others’ feelings and courteous in his behavior. He has a helpful nature. Kindness pardons others’ weaknesses and faults. Kindness is extended to all — to the aged and the young, to animals, to those low of station as well as the high.” -Ezra Taft Benson
- “Always show kindness and love to others. Your words might be filling the empty places in someone’s heart.”
― Mandy Hale
- “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.”
― Bob Kerrey
- “There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.” -Nathaniel Branden
- “May my thoughts of kindness stretch over like a warm blanket to envelop your being and caress your soul.”
― Truth Devour,
- The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop
- “I have learned to be kinder to myself, to imagine that I am my own best friend, whispering comforting words in my ear and drowning out the voices of Self-Doubt and Self-Criticism. I have learned to acknowledge and appreciate the 98% that I have achieved instead of the 2% that I didn’t.”
― Roz Savage
- “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” -Lucius Annaeus Seneca
- “He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.” -Benjamin Franklin
- “a small amount of kindness can make a large amount of difference”
― J. Yates
- “One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.” -Sophocles
- “Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them.”
― Stacy London
- “Kindness is not random, it is done on purpose”
― Sonya Withrow
- “How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!” -George Elliston
- “In this world in which we live simplicity and kindness are the only magic wands that work wonders”
― L. Frank Baum
- “Once you understand love, you don’t need a reward your kindness or compassion just like you don’t need a reward for breathing.”
― Vironika Tugaleva
- “The quality of your life is directly proportional to the positive effect you have on others’ lives.”
― Chris Matakas
- Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.” -Theodore Isaac Rubin
- “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” -Henry James
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” -Amelia Earhart
- “If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction.”
― Martin Kornfeld
5 Ways to Express Kindness Today
1. Go on social media and leave a random nice comment to someone you may usually not “talk” to – and then leave
2. Write in your journal about 1 accomplishment of yours, praising yourself
3. Smile and nod at people you come in contact with today
4. Make a point of making eye contact with people today, when you say thank you – such as at the grocery store register
5. Look in the mirror and find something about your reflection that you like
Kindness Boomerang contains 365 daily acts, one for each day of the year, accompanied by inspirational quotes, personal stories on the power of paying it forward, and tangible steps to change your outlook on life.
This book empowers you to bring positivity into your everyday life and the lives of those around you. Wahba invites you to practice kindness in relationships, kindness with yourself, kindness with nature and kindness in many more forms.
This book is a call to action for anyone who wants to live a more connected and fulfilling life.
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Ready to achieve more success? Allow me to inspire to take the next step with these 30 motivational Road To Success Principles: Quotes and Questions to take the steps needed to forge your way toward the personal and professional success you are looking for!
Today, I am sharing with you 30 quotes from various authors and leaders, as well as a video (including a summary and action steps),
from the motivational coach Tony Robbins!
As always, remember not simply consume information, but to take action after reading these road to success principles and quotes today!
- What gets measured (and clearly defined) does get done.” ― Mike Schmoker
- “Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon result.” ― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
- “A non-doer is very often a critic-that is, someone who sits back and watches doers, and then waxes philosophically about how the doers are doing. It’s easy to be a critic, but being a doer requires effort, risk, and change.” ― Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
- “It’s only when we can work with something that brings out our strengths that we’re of any real use.” ― Henning Mankell
- “Everyone who got where he is has had to begin where he was.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson
- “Achieving a goal is nothing. The getting there is everything.” ― Jules Michelet
- “Our shortcomings drive us, motivate us – to work harder or realize another purpose/talent.” ― Aaron B. Powell
- “Once you make a journey to a near-impossible destination, you get to realize how everything and anything is possible” ― Luthfy Es-Haq
- “Keep your focus on the things you can actually control. Choosing to center on anything else will either stop you in your tracks or significantly slow you down.” ― Sherene McHenry
- “When you wake up each morning with a burning passion to accomplish a goal, you’ve already won the day.” ― George Alexiou
- “When aspirations are perceived to be achievable, ambition and drive can erase excuses.” ― Lorii Myers
- “Struggling is hard, so is achieving success; so you may as well choose success, over time it’ll seem easier.” ― Rob Liano
- “The difficult is what takes a little time. The impossible is what takes a little longer.” ― Fridtjof Nansen
- “Children take joy in their work and sometimes as adults we forget that’s something we should continue doing.” ― Ashley Ormon
- “I wake up starving for success, and no matter how much I accomplish I go to sleep striving for improvement; I refuse to let my enemies outwork me.” ― Noel DeJesus
- Conclude that you are worth achieving beyond your expectations” ― Gino Norris
- “I am not where I am because of luck. I am where I am because I took risks others weren’t willing to take. The world rewards risk-takers. It always has. It always will.” ― Dan Pearce
- “Sometimes we have to dig a little deeper, to reach a little higher.” ― AC Anderson
- “Discipline transforms the gifted to the great.” ― Raul Ramos y Sanchez
- The rewards of tomorrow are safely hidden in the belief of never quitting and not giving up on yourself today” ― Johnnie Dent Jr.
- “It’s ONLY with a NEW MINDSET and a SWIFT Action that you can span the gap between WHO and WHERE you are, and WHO and WHERE/WHAT you want to BE, DO and HAVE” ― Tony Dovale
- “If you only do what others have already done, you will only feel what others have already felt. However, if you choose to achieve something that no one has ever done, then you will have a satisfaction that no one else has ever had.” ― Sir Edmund Hillary
- “When you judge you are limiting yourself, you are limiting your reach.” ― Jorge Gw
- “What one has to do usually can be done.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
- “Having contentment and gratitude in the present moment is the surest way to achieve success.” ― Bryant McGill
- “The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.” ― Ivy Baker Priest
- “To achieve great things, we must live as though we were never going to die.” ― Vauvenargues
- “The successful have the courage to walk each day toward something; only after coming through something.” ― Johnnie Dent Jr.
- “The successful possess the courage to walk each day toward something; after coming through everything.” ― Johnnie Dent Jr
- “Either you have dreamed big enough to overcome your fears or you have fears big enough to overcome your dreams.” ― Orrin Woodward
Ready take action? Then watch this video and work through the principles and questions below the video!
The 5 Simple Steps To Success
- Create a Vision
- Raise your standards to support your vision
- Create and follow through on supporting daily, weekly, and monthly rituals that are based on the new, better, and higher standards you chose for yourself.
- Celebrate your achievements
- Do it again.
Simple – not easy, but possible, if you apply yourself! Here are some questions you can ponder that can flesh out the necessary details to achieve the vision you have for yourself.
We live up to who we believe we are
- What believes about myself are empowering?
- What believes about myself are limiting?
- When did you decide to accept that limitation? And why?
- What believes do I want to have about myself?
- How can I start believing those beliefs about myself? What action can I take right now?
There is a basic human need for consistency to act according to how we define ourselves
- What are the standards in every aspect of your life?
- What do you want the standards in those areas to be?
- What actions can you take today, to raise your standard?
- What are your new musts?
- How can you define your new standards and musts so that they are a compelling goal? Use powerful, descriptive language to support your expanded identity.
- How can you create an environment that reinforces those musts? Examples are – reminders, routines, habits, rituals, physical environment, who you are hanging out with
Raise Your Standard!
Important to remember:
Rituals are simply stated, actions you take consistently = they are the true power for change
- What rituals can you put into place, that help you be consistent with your new beliefs and standards you have chosen?
- What are the reasons behind your desire to change? Write an affirmative statement containing those reasons! (A great book that talks about the power of using affirmations properly – among many other things – is The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod)
- What habits that you have right now are useful to your new chosen belief?
- What additional habits can you attach to these already established habits that raise your game even more?
- What habits that you have right now are not useful to your new chosen belief?
- What steps can you take right now to eliminate them? How can you make it harder for yourself to follow through on those habits? (for example, if you like to sleep in, move your alarm clock out of your reach in the morning, so that you have to get up out of bed to turn it on, or only buy healthy snacks, so that you are not even tempted to eat those unhealthy snacks you are trying to eliminate)
- What are you expecting of yourself?
- How can you improve your performance today, and every day – consistently?
- Who can you look up to as a role model to push you to the next level? How can you maximize your exposure to them?
- Who is hindering your success? How can you lower your exposure to them?
- What time-wasters can you eliminate out of your life?
- How would your life look like, if you would step up and increase your work ethic by 10 percent, 20 percent?
- Who are the top performers in your field?
- What habits do the top performers in your field have, that you don’t have yet?
- How can you deliver your best consistently to those who have put their trust into your service or product?
- How can you assist someone this month, this year, to reach their potential, by sharing your experiences with them?
- How can you contribute to your community at some level to make it a better place? Community does not always have to mean a physical location, it can be your spiritual community, a community of people that have something in common with you – for example, if you are disabled, how can you help other disabled people reach their own level of success or the care and dignity they deserve? Think outside of the box.
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Today is the International Day of Charity, which is why I wanted to bring you some inspiration on the subject. But before I get started, I want to define what the word charity means to me personally:
Giving without expecting any return, of either my time, my money, or a combination of both.
I know that others may have a different definition of charity and that in some cases, especially as it relates to charitable organizations, this can have a negative feel, however, I hope this will not distract you from finding a way to do acts of kindness.
How do you define charity?
Note: At the end of the list of quotes, you will find video and action steps, that will improve your life!
- “Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agrees to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” – Betty Reese
- “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia
- “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pike
- At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington
- “The greatest gift you can ever give is yourself.” ― Michel Templet
- We never think lightly of those who walk with us on our uphill days.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich
- power isn’t controlled at all-power is a strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own.” ― Beth Revis
- “There are these amazing little seeds called compassion. You should grow some.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich
- “Helping others carries its own rewards, the first of which is a return to humanity.” ― Richard Paul Evans
- Fight vigorously against the wolves, but on behalf of the sheep, not against the sheep. And this you may do by inveighing against the laws and lawgivers, and yet at the same time observing these laws with the weak, lest they are offended until they shall themselves recognize the tyranny, and understand their own liberty.” ― Martin Luther
- “Charity ain’t giving people what you want to give, it’s giving people what they need to get.” ― Terry Pratchett
- “I believe when you integrate charity in your craft and not just think of the fame and riches it would entitle you with, you will feel this true sense of fulfillment.
- “I try not to speak about all the charities and people I help because I believe we can only be truly generous when we expect nothing in return.” ― Muhammad Ali
- “Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.” ― John D. Rockefeller
- “Examine your heart often to see if it is such toward your neighbor as you would like his to be toward you were you in his place. This is the touchstone of true reason.” ― St. Francis de Sales
- “If you have two shirts in your closet, one belongs to you and the other to the man with no shirt.” ― St. Ambrose
- “The more you put your arm around those that you might naturally look down on, the more you will love yourself. And the more you love yourself, the less need you’ll ever have to find fault or be better than others. And the less we all find fault or have a need to be better than others, the quicker this world becomes a far better place to live.” ― Dan Pearce
- “It is not the number of prayers that will give you happiness, but the number you answer to another person.” ― Shannon L. Alder
- “Kindness is a currency that can cover a multitude of interpersonal debts.” ― George Alexiou
- “I think it’s important that we give back to society and our fellow man regardless of our professions. We all need help at times. And when we support each other, we’re all a little stronger.” ― Rhonda Hopkins
- “When in doubt as to what you should do, err on the side of ‘giving.” ― Tony Cleaver
- “The more you give the less your poor” ― Benny Bellamacina
- “Hide your good actions as you would your bad.” ― Zarina Bibi
- “Everyone can choose to live with a golden heart, it is a privilege of loving truly.” ― Angelica Hopes
- “As much as I don’t want it to be true, the reasons I don’t do something define me as a person even more so, perhaps, than the reasons I do something.” ― Dan Pearce
- “While the word charity connotes a single act of giving, justice speaks to right living, of aligning oneself with the world in a way that sustains rather than exploits the rest of creation.” ― Rachel Held Evans
- “Cheerfulness means a contented spirit, a pure heart, a kind, and loving disposition; it means humility and ~ charity, a generous appreciation of others, and a modest opinion of self.” ― William Makepeace
- “The greatest work you will ever do is charity – Author Unknown
- “Be a gift, a light, a blessing as far as the eye can see to answer a call as well as a genuine, compassionate heart can reach.” ― Angelica Hopes
- Social media is a powerful tool to raise awareness and create change. But we must take care not to rely upon it as a reflection of our charitable efforts.” ― Charlie Caruso
- “You see,” she interrupted his blank stare, “it doesn’t take much effort to be kind. It only takes the ability to recognize where kindness is needed.” ― Stephen Reid Andrews
- “It’s hard to make things right for everyone. “But if everybody helped just one person, lots of people would get helped.” ― Linwood Barclay
As some of my regular readers know, I am a firm believer in not just reading about charity and or kindness, but that information is only as useful as the action is that we take afterward. Today, I wanted to share with you a video to inspire you to be more charitable and kind – not only with money (because let’s face it, not all of us are able to give monetary gifts or donations) but also with our time and attention. Mark Kelly – an inspirational podcaster has some absolutely great ideas on how we could all spread a little kindness, and how it will not only benefit the person we are giving it to, but also feel the reward of this action as an increase of our own happiness.
Questions to ponder:
- what little act of kindness can you do, starting today? Make a list, and do them.
- how can you get people you care about involved in doing these acts of kindness as well?
- Consider starting a related journal practice. Journal about what you did, how you felt. I personally would not share this journal with anyone – as I would consider this boasting – but it can help you through times where you might not think that you can actually make a difference, to help you realize how much of a difference you are actually making.
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