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Kindness Matters

“Kindness matters” is a phrase often seen on a magnet attached to the back of someone’s car. This reminder may have you second-guess honking your horn if the person cuts you off. You probably see it and soon forget it, though. Or maybe you don’t. Maybe you operate on kindness, thinking that everyone should be treated kindly. This is a great way to live.

But, however, do you use the same philosophy of kindness when talking to yourself? Do you treat yourself with the same kindness you treat others? Learning how to be kind doesn’t just mean to others; kindness to yourself matters, too. Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to help you learn to be kind to yourself. Continue reading for more information.

Come From a Place of Compassion

“Kindness is perhaps the most underrated of those human gifts we can share,” says Harriet Griffey, author of “How to be kind” for In The Moment magazine. Kindness can move mountains, especially within yourself. How do you react when someone gives you a compliment? Maybe you believe it and accept it. Others, however, may not. They may blush and say they don’t deserve the praise.

If you are rejecting a compliment, you aren’t acknowledging your own success. This lack of kindness definitely doesn’t help you, and it doesn’t set a good example for others, either. Once you are able to come from a place of compassion, you can help pass that kindness onto others. Kindness matters, and it starts with you.

Press Pause

“Being kind is about pressing pause and being a little more generous in thought and action toward others, which can start by being a little more forgiving of ourselves,” explains Griffey. When you are generous with yourself, you’ll be able to extend that generosity to others. This can happen with small things. If you allow yourself to press pause in the middle of a moment and compliment yourself, you’ll be more likely to compliment others during a busy moment. You’ll learn to see the good in the busy moments. These can happen with appreciating the little things.

Knowing This Truth

There is a common saying that we believe to be true: everyone is dealing with something you know absolutely nothing about. This something could be a huge weight on their shoulders, but they may not show it. If you go on the assumption that everyone is fighting a difficult and unseen battle, you’ll be able to be kind to others when they aren’t kind to you.

Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help you during a difficult time. We can help you learn to become kinder to yourself in your recovery. Call us today at (866) 697-7573. We can’t wait to get started with you today!