Open Hearted Resilience Through Loving-Kindness

Open Hearted Resilience Through Loving-Kindness

When we think of the concept of resilience, it may be that we think of simply being tough or breezing through challenges with little acknowledgment of discomfort. Yet research has suggested that resilience is not about avoidance, but about being able to sit in our...
Using Kindness to Increase Self-acceptance

Using Kindness to Increase Self-acceptance

What is it to truly accept yourself? To accept your strengths and weaknesses, to accept your past choices and behaviours, the good things that have happened and the bad and to accept you’re not superhuman or perfect? As many other people can be, I am often hugely...
Is Kindness a Necessary Component of Happiness?

Is Kindness a Necessary Component of Happiness?

Kindness wasn’t part of my dissertation that I completed recently as part of my degree in Applied Positive Psychology. The dissertation focused on people who had divorced over the age of 50 and had rebuilt their lives through social groups. The focus was on...
The Gift of Kindness

The Gift of Kindness

Early Lessons ‘Be kind’ was one of the first messages or lessons taught to me growing up. In fact, it was and remains one of the most important values taught to me as a small child. When reflecting on my childhood, both at home and school, all around me were messages...
The Ripple Effect of Kindness

The Ripple Effect of Kindness

When I was in my late teens I worked in a factory just outside of Birmingham. I can clearly remember a cartoon one of my work mates had pinned on his locker. There were four captions, the first showed a boss yelling and wagging his finger at a worker. The next caption...
Try Kindness, It’s Fun

Try Kindness, It’s Fun

It really isn’t that hard to be kind. Yet, I see people struggling to put a smile on their faces. I understand that everyone has struggles and sometimes they are experiencing grief, sadness, and a heaviness of weighted burden in their lives. What I want to say here is...