5 Wonderful Reasons To Be Kind Always

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It doesn't take some grand elaborate gesture for someone to be kind. It can be as simple as a smile or a kind word. The best part is being kind blesses both the giver and the recipient with blessings.

 Have you seen the videos of people rewarding people for showing kindness to a stranger?

I had a surprise moment several years ago. I stopped by a local store to buy a screen saver for my iPad. I don’t remember doing or saying anything special, although I typically try to remember to smile and say “please and thank you.”

This time, as I was getting my credit card out of my wallet, the salesperson said, “How would you like to receive 25% off? I like to do nice things for nice people.”

As I got in the car, I thought, “Wow, it would be easy to be kind simply for selfish reasons.”

Mother Teresa said:

“If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.”

Or as Rev would say, that’s downright Biblical…

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

Galatians 6:9

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
    Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
    Write them deep within your heart.
Then you will find favor with both God and people,
    and you will earn a good reputation.

Proverbs 3:3–4

I think the message is … don’t over-evaluate your motives or worry about what people think—just be kind anyway.

Although the reward for kindness may not always be monetary or even returned kindness there are always wonderful reasons to be kind.

Here are…

5 Blessings You’ll Enjoy
When You Choose to Be Kind

1. Being kind makes you happier.

  • Smile at everyone. You may be surprised to learn that they will usually smile back.
  • Say please, thank you, and you’re welcome … it’s contagious.
  • Friendly caring people have more friendly caring relationships.
  • Being kind makes you feel better about yourself.

2. Being kind is good for your health.

Based on reason number 1, I learned that happier people are often healthier. An article at Harvard Health begins…

“People who describe themselves as happy tend to have fewer health problems, a lower risk of depression, and longer lives.”

And Everyday Health adds some research-backed health benefits…

  • Improved heart health
  • Better immune functioning
  • Faster recovery from injury or illness
  • Reductions in pain
  • Lower levels of stress and anxiety.
  • Better sleep.

3. Being kind improves your relationships.

We all need people in our lives … so, treat people the way you want them to treat you. If you want to be with kind people—be kind yourself.

Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them.

Matthew 7:12 (MSG)

4. Being kind and feeling gratitude go hand in hand.

When you and I are kind and the people around us are kind in return, we’re blessed with more reasons to be thankful.

God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Colossians 3:12, 17

5. Being kind may cause a ripple that goes on and on.

You and I will never know how many people are being touched by our acts of kindness. It may motivate an ongoing chain that touches lives for ages. God can use our smiles and small gestures to turn around attitudes and changed attitudes often become changed lives.

It doesn't take some grand elaborate gesture for someone to be kind. It can be as simple as a smile or a kind word. The best part is being kind blesses both the giver and the recipient with blessings.

Let’s pray…

A Prayer to Be Kind Always

Father, Your kindness is evident in Your merciful forgiveness and gracious provision. Everything You do flows from Your perfect love.

Your Word tells us that You are “righteous in everything You do and filled with kindness.” (Psalm 145:17) And it commands us to … “be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Like all of Your commands, You give them because You know they are good for us. You want us to enjoy the health and happiness kindness gives. You want us to enjoy strong loving relationships living with gratitude so that the world might see You in us.

Please help me. May I refuse to selfishly focus on myself and live with love for You and everyone around me. It takes so little effort to be kind but it has such a powerful impact on the world. Kindness blesses everyone it touches – the giver and the recipient.

I love You, Lord. Please help me share Your love by generously sharing Your kindness. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

It doesn't take some grand elaborate gesture for someone to be kind. It can be as simple as a smile or a kind word. The best part is being kind blesses both the giver and the recipient with blessings.

I heard Tim Tebow speak recently about the “Helper’s High.” It is the release of endorphins and feelings of satisfaction we get from doing something kind for someone. In fact, psychologists say that being kind helps keep us from becoming obsessed with our own problems.


Treat people the way you want to be treated.

Mother Teresa said…

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

And I love this quote from an unknown writer…

“Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give.”

So go out and spread some kindness and take a moment to enjoy the blessings!

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  1. Martha Orlando says:

    I love the quotes you included here from Mother Theresa, Deb. She was absolutely correct! And it doesn’t cost us a thing to offer kindness to others, and it’s probably one of the best investments we could ever make in our lives and the lives of others.

    1. So true, Martha! Can you imagine world where everyone chose to make beautiful investments in one another through kindness and compassion. I’m going to keep praying for that. Blessings and hugs!

  2. Kathy Francescon says:

    Oh Deb!! I LOOOVE this! May I dream about it just for a moment? If everyone would only extend a bit of kindness to someone else, what a difference it would make in our world! Coming from a family of six kids, we wouldn’t have survived, without kindness! We were taught kindness right out of the gate! And it has always stayed with us! I try to be kind to everyone! Once in a Walmart line, a gentlemen was searching in his pocket for a nickel, I had my purse out, so I just dropped a nickel on the counter for him. He turned, smiled and said well thank you, young lady…I will pass it along. I have no doubt that he did just that! Such a little thing, but it did put a smile on both our faces and in our hearts! I think everyone stays so stressed and wound up these days and just a tiny drop of kindness can go so far! May I never disappoint God, by not being kind! And it would sure disappoint my mom too! God rest her beautiful soul! This just cheered me up so much today! No matter what we may not be able to give, we should all keep a big stock of kindness in the pantry of our hearts! Have a most wonderful day and thank you, for sharing your kindness with me today! You blessed my heart sooo much!!

    1. Thank you, Kathy! I am so thankful to live in a community where I see kindness extended every time I leave the house. I wish I could say that’s also true as I move through social media and read articles online. I love your Walmart story. I’ve had some wonderful conversations and blessed exchanges in the aisles of our local Walmart. God is at work through His children everywhere we go. Thank you for your kindness. You comments always bless and encourage me. Have a wonderful day, dear friend!

  3. Ana Cordova says:

    Beautiful, loved how well you put it, in order to teach us to be kind towards others. God give me your unfailing love and grace to be kind, patient, and humble towards others.
    Thank you Deb I needed this.

    1. Thank you, Ana! Yes, may our gracious God give us an outpouring of His unfailing love and help us share His kindness with humility and compassion. Blessings to you, my friend!

  4. How do I handle a wicked evil lying witch that was supposedly be my best friend (like a sister) is spreading lies about me among my friends? I do hate her now and definitely don’t want to see her PERIOD! She can suffer and be paranoid and feel it!
    I know GOD knows I’m not a mean person since I’ve had him in my life for over 60 years.

    1. Oh, Judy, I’m so sorry. Your first sentence brought back so many memories for me. I have experienced that awful pain. All I can encourage you to do is to take your pain to the Lord, lay it at His feet, and ask Him to protect you going forward and take care of the situation is His own way and time. Years later, we learned about many ways God had protected us during that time. There were some who believed the lies but many did not and watched over us. Letting it go allowed my heart to heal and let go of the anger and bitterness. I’m praying for you. May the Lord be with you and bless you!

  5. It’s not always easy, but God will help us! Thanks so much for this reminder. Many blessings to you!

    1. You’re so right, Boma. It’s not always easy, especially when we’re responding to unkindness … but God will give us what we need when we surrender to Him. Thanks for visiting. Blessings!