We are in trying times.
While this can be said of every single generation before us, somehow the immediate always seems to be the most dire. This is as far as we ever gone in human history. This is how much hate we have.
I know how simple — and even naive — it sounds to encourage kindness as a way to combat the hatred we're seeing in our own cities. I hated that Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad too. But for the purpose of being a good person, being kind is still at least worth something.
Being kind and compassionate doesn't mean stepping down in the face of adversity. It certainly doesn't mean going silent in conflicts, either. It means being aware of the larger picture taking place outside us and our unique lives. It's understanding that other people are struggling too. Things aren't working out for them the way they thought they would either. They're confused. They're scared. They don't really know which way to move forward.
So the least we can all do is practice a little kindness. Believe me, even the smallest bit goes a long way. A smile can literally change someone's entire attitude and body language. The best part? Being kind is something that each and every one of us already knows how to do — and it's free.
In a world that's seeing some really uncertain times, let's keep one thing constant: human kindness. We're born with the ability to empathize for a reason, right? Use it. Embrace it. You'll be surprised how much loving kindness the world gives back to you in return — and how better it feels to be kind than anything else.