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Happiness Tip: Be Kind

Do something kind today for someone who’s a regular part of your life.

There is a lot of scientific evidence that happiness and kindness are deeply intertwined (see “What You Get When You Give.”) For that reason, I don’t think we can be truly, lastingly happy if we are not also kind.

Take action: This week, take a moment to look beyond yourself and focus on what you have in common with others. Being kind doesn’t need to take extra time; it can be a simple shift in your mindset. See if you can go about your daily business with an air of kindness towards everyone in your path. As the Dalai Lama has famously said: “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

Join the discussion: Have you noticed your how your kindness to others impacts your own feelings of content? Share in the comments below.


  1. Rachel says:

    Thanks for posting about this! I completely agree, being kind and happy
    are so intertwined. And when we practice weaving acts of kindness
    towards others into our everyday lives, it becomes a habit rather than
    something we need to set aside time to do. I love the organization Doing
    Good Together whose program/website Big-Hearted Families (bigheartedfamilies.org)
    is filled with ways to make a difference while having meaningful
    conversations with your around kindness and giving. I would encourage
    any parent or caregiver to check it out!

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