But, What is Kindness?
- “Perspective Taking or recognizing their perspective is their truth.” In other words, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.
- “Staying out of judgment.”
- “Recognizing emotion in other people and communicating that. Empathy is feeling with people.”
Choose Kindness (Even When It’s Hard)
Put Kindness into Action
- What to do: One way to practice kindness in action is by becoming an active bystander. If someone does or says something that makes you uncomfortable for another person in your space, see what you can safely, calmly do to help. Sometimes all that’s needed is a gentle reminder. You could say, “Oh, we don’t use that word. We use [this word], because it’s more descriptive.”
Another group Hope supports doing the work to make a better world is the group Unlikely Heroes, which advocates and educates to prevent human trafficking as well as working to help victims/survivors rebuild their lives. Children and adults who have been trafficked need our compassion. What happened to them was not their fault, but they are often stigmatized.
- What to do: It’s good to try to remember compassion, because survivors are all around you. They could be your co-worker, the barista, or even a friend. Frame responses to news about such things, if they come up, centering on the survivor. For example, a trafficking ring makes the news and someone brings it up at work, instead of centering a conversation around the perpetrators and their crimes, talk about the kinds of resources and support available to survivors. Maybe someone needs to hear that.