I believe that it is always best to be kind. I have learned this through personal anecdote and experience, as well as through reading and finding studies that prove my claim. First, I will explain how kindness is a strength,then I will explain how everyone is fighting their own fights, and lastly, it can improve your health and life span. Through this I hope to alter or at least improve your view and perspective on the philosophy of kindness.
My first reason I believe it is always best to be kind is that kindness can be viewed as a strength, and a major one. One personal anecdote I have that is clearly evident of this theory is that I look up to my dad and so do a lot of others. When people are being disrespectful towards him or rude, he has the powerful ability to stay calm and act in an orderly manner. This is seen as more honorable and even if commonly perceived that kindness is a weakness, I believe it to be rather on the contrary. I believe it is a immense power and strength.
Furthermore, you never know for sure what someone is going through. Everyone is fighting their own fight and being anything but kind is like fighting fire with fire. As humans, we are prone to make assumptions about people based on our own personal experiences or previous opinion on someone. These assumptions can be and usually are wrong. You have to be cognizant that everyone may be dealing with something that they aren’t comfortable sharing or dealing with. To illustrate, being anything but kind is essentially kicking someone who’s already down.
Lastly, being kind can actually increase your health. Crazy right? The act of being nice and considerate towards others can literally make you live longer and allow you to enjoy more of what you want to do. Studies done by ABC show that those who volunteer will reap health benefits. Making the world a better place and living longer? What could be better than that? Improving others lives while improving your own is a win-win situation.
In conclusion, I believe that it is always best to be kind. I believe this because kindness is a strength, you never know what someone is dealing with, and you can sustain health benefits. With this in mind, I believe that it is completely illogical and disadvantaging to not be nice and considerate to others. I hope that if you can take something from this, it is to try to make someone’s day better and shine a little light on someone to shine some light on yourself. Be kind.