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Published:March 4th, 2009 08:59 EST
5 Great Reasons to be Kind

5 Great Reasons to be Kind

By SOP newswire2

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. " --Plato

We face stress and negativity every day of our lives.  In the midst of these trying times, it is important to remain ahead of pessimism`s undertow.  Here`s why:

  • Kindness maintains inner peace.  Every time we practice kindness, compassion and unconditional acceptance of others, we are reinforcing it within and for ourselves.  By creating greater harmony within yourself and in your relationships, you will contribute to creating a healthier, saner world.
  • Life is brief.  Time is precious, and wasting it in defense and attack, or in anger and fear, is regretful. 
  • No one can upset us unless we allow them to.  We can choose to think rationally, feel calm, and act with consideration and empathy. 
  • Kindness is never wasted.  Even if the person you are dealing with resists, you can learn to unconditionally accept yourself as well as others.  Change for a lifetime is possible.
  • Kindness is a dose of preventative medicine.  It is a first-aid kit and a healing balm.  It is the cure-all. "

Excerpted from How to Hug a Porcupine, with a foreword by Dr. Debbie Ellis and published by Hatherleigh Press.

How to Hug a Porcupine
Easy Ways to Love the Difficult People in Your Life
A Hatherleigh Book, Distributed by Random House