Christmas kindness, every day

Adapted from an article published in The Christian Science Monitor, December 15, 2017.

World Kindness Day was November 13. A “random acts of kindness” event, #RAKFriday2017, was November 24. In February, another organization encouraged people to take up the practice of kindness for a whole week.

What else might it take for kindness to become less random and more of an ongoing practice? Even when people know that they should be kind, it’s not always so easy to pull off consistently. Bad news, frustration, and the sheer busyness of daily life can threaten to drain kindness from our interactions.

The editorial on the facing page highlights Singapore’s Kindness Movement and points to a deeper source of kindness than just a mandate or an on-again, off-again remembering to be nice. How can we tap into that depth of character that makes for a more sincere, consistent kindness and more reliable results?

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