“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
Being mean to someone else, particularly when dealing with situations in which the other person is displaying incompetence, is effortless and often quite effective. The result is that you’ve probably ruined their day. It can be difficult to keep cool in such situations, especially when you feel your precious time being wasted, but that’s the thing about being kind: it’s not supposed to be easy.
There’s often a choice to be made: efficient reproach, or less effective, patient kindness.
By choosing the latter, you’ve made the world a slightly better place.
After all, one cannot be kind unless is kind towards those who least deserve it.
A person’s behavior is often a result of their opinion of themselves. If you hate the world, there’s a good chance that you hate yourself too. And being unkind to others isn’t going to improve your (lack of) self-esteem; it just makes things worse. Fueled by insecurity, you’re attempting to place yourself above someone else in order to feel better about yourself.
“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” ― Wayne W. Dyer
On the other hand, happy people are kinder than unhappy people. Being kind releases neurochemicals, activating the same neuro-circuits as drugs such as cocaine. It can also reduce pain levels, and enhances both physical and mental health.
Being kind is good for your overall health, and the most beautiful thing about it is that it doesn’t cost a thing at all. The investment that you make by putting a heartwarming smile onto someone’s face will be returned back to you. With interest.