In relationships, as in life, do not underestimate the power of kindness. In fact it may be the one human attribute that can really make a difference and change the color of your day or life! From my experience, there are a few rules of kindness which I have listed as per below:
- The first rule is that kindness starts at home! This means that you must apply kindness to yourself before you extend it to others. Please note that I am not encouraging martyrdom! Remember on an airplane that in an emergency you are asked to put on your own oxygen mask first, then put them on children or those that need your help. It makes sense that if you are being kind to yourself, you cannot help but be kind to others in your immediate vicinity. If you ignore this first step then your ability to be kind to others will be tainted by manipulation and unconscious motivation that may not truly serve them or you in the long run
- The second rule is to be kind to those within your immediate personal vicinity. Your partner and anyone that you are personally responsible for such as children or older relatives would come into this category.