A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. — William Arthur Ward
People like having guiding principles. In a world with so much noise and so many distractions, it can be confusing to figure out how we should live our lives, what we should focus on, and how we should interact with the world around us. Life’s complicated enough, so shouldn’t we have a simple principle that we can use whether we are at home, work, or running errands?
Now we have one. My guiding principle lately has been: “Be kind, be awesome.” It’s simple, straightforward, and applies in a variety of contexts. Everyone likes those who are kind and awesome, and there are all types of great perks involved like improved levels of happiness, better health, better relationships, and overall wellbeing.
At home, be kind to your family members and be an awesome role model. Be awesome by setting an example, give them your full and undivided attention, do people favors, and support them however you can.
At work, be kind to your colleagues, while you’re on the phone, or even when typing emails to others. Even small gestures like expressing gratitude or holding the door open for someone can make a big difference. Be awesome by staying focused and getting things done. Do your best every day, and help others with their projects and questions.
When you’re with friends, really be with them. You can be on your phone later, so remove the distractions and enjoy the time with them. Make time for them on your calendar, and check in on them to see how things are going. Show them you care, and make them feel important. Be awesome by making them feel good, doing things that you both enjoy, and making them happy.
Reach out to your community. See how you can be awesome by giving back, and participating in local events. As you’re giving back, give kindness too. Make friends along the way as a bonus by being kind and awesome.
With each day, conversation, and situation ask yourself how you can be awesome and kind before you begin. When we do things that are awesome, we can have fun, grow, and achieve our goals in the process. Being kind allows us to build new friendships while strengthening our current ones. Kindness also encourages giving back and creating a legacy that will live beyond your years.
If you’d like to get a head start on making a New Year’s resolution, consider upping your kindness and awesome game as we approach the new year. Make sure everything you do promotes your kind and awesome self.
Practice acts of kindness and awesomeness from the inside out. Be optimistic, grateful, and persistent. The best part of kindness and awesomeness is not only that they support one another, but they are an upward cycle; the more kindness and awesomeness you express, the easier it is, and the more benefits that follow. If you ask me, that’s pretty awesome.2