Be Kind

This is a pretty good catch-all way to be I reckon, one that Mr Oh would consistently exemplify. Hence it is front-of-mind enough to be in at number 2 and one I definitely aspire to being.

It is actually pretty much the golden rule at the school where I teach. It’s proved a brilliantly simple way to nurture children towards being a good person.

Kindness to others creates conviviality, community spirit, glow, friendship and peace – among a myriad other massively positive things.

Being kind all the time is hard. We all make mistakes or slips of the tongue; we are human after all. However, we can do our best by asking ourselves one question before taking a next step before it is too late: “Is this kind?”

Random acts of kindness is a term apparently coined by Anne Herbert in California in the early 1980’s and refers to selfless spontaneous or planned acts made to help people or cheer them up. Whether you compliment a stranger on their earrings, or leave some chocolate anonymously in your colleague’s pigeon hole, there are a million different ways to make a random act of kindness. There are abundant blogs on the Internet about it. Here’s one. Here’s another.

Random acts of kindness has also become a brand-building and edge strategy in business by companies wishing to show their human side by wooing and surprising consumers: random, targeted gifts and on-line company transparencies can be a trigger for consumers to share their positive experiences through social media and create new business through word-of-mouth. (Nod to

The value of kindness is unquestionable. Whoever practises it, whatever the motive, is on their way to being like Mr Oh. If we can make gestures of kindness ourselves more often, and not rely on others to do so, the world would be a better place.


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