What is Purposeful Kindness?


I have always been a firm believer in the power of kindness. In a world that often feels divided and disconnected, it is more important than ever to model and promote kindness in our daily lives.

But what exactly is purposeful kindness? It goes beyond simple acts of niceness or politeness. Purposeful kindness is about intentionally choosing to be kind in every interaction and situation, with the goal of creating a better world for ourselves and others.

One of the key aspects of purposeful kindness is empathy. Empathy allows us to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and understand their experiences and emotions. When we approach others with empathy, we are better able to respond to their needs and offer support and understanding.

Another important aspect of purposeful kindness is active listening. It’s not enough to simply be physically present in a conversation; we must also be mentally and emotionally present. Active listening involves giving our full attention to the speaker, asking clarifying questions, and providing thoughtful responses. This level of engagement shows that we value and respect the other person’s thoughts and feelings.

Kindness is not limited to our personal relationships; it can also be practiced in our professional lives. In fact, purposeful kindness can have a profound impact on our careers. When we approach our colleagues and clients with kindness, we build trust and foster positive working relationships. This can lead to increased collaboration, productivity, and overall job satisfaction.

Furthermore, purposeful kindness can also be a catalyst for personal growth and development. When we choose to be kind, we cultivate qualities such as patience, compassion, and understanding. These qualities not only benefit our interactions with others but also contribute to our own well-being and happiness.

So, how can we start modeling a kinder tomorrow? It begins with small, intentional acts of kindness in our everyday lives. It can be as simple as offering a genuine compliment, holding the door open for someone, or actively listening to a friend or colleague. These small acts can have a ripple effect, inspiring others to also choose kindness.

Additionally, we can actively seek out opportunities to volunteer and give back to our communities. Whether it’s donating our time, skills, or resources, every act of service contributes to creating a kinder and more compassionate society.

As we model purposeful kindness in our own lives, we also have the opportunity to inspire and empower others to do the same. By sharing our experiences and stories of kindness, we can create a collective movement towards a kinder tomorrow.

Sharon Graham

Sharon Graham is founder of Career Professionals of Canada. As an advocate for purposeful kindness, she nurtures happiness and fulfillment by modeling a kinder tomorrow. As chair of the board of CPC, she provides foresight and leadership within the sector and ensures that the mandate of this national organization is upheld with integrity. Committed to setting the standard for excellence in the career development profession, Sharon has authored top selling paperback publications and textbooks, and has established a range of certificationprofessional developmentcommunity developmentmentoring, and award programs. 

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