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showing kindnessWe live in a world that is full of kindness, love, and support. However, it is also full of rudeness, hatred, and self-centeredness. Everyone has had moments where we face situations that test our patience and ability to remain calm and react positively. It can be hard not to take it personally when a person cuts you off on the road on your morning commute to work or a stranger makes a mean comment under a photograph you posted online. Learning to treat others with kindness, even when it’s not given, is a skill you can develop. Here are a few simple tips to remember to act with kindness, even when faced with the opposite.

You Do Not Know The Whole Story

It’s easy just to assume that someone acting rudely is just a jerk, plain and simple. It can help to remember that you do not know the whole story of the person treating you poorly, which may help you feel better about the situation. There is a very good chance that the person faces their own challenges and problems and might be taking out their frustrations on others. That person commenting mean things under your photograph probably has some self-esteem issues, or that person who is overly aggressive on the road may be going through some tough emotional challenges right now. Trying to remember that other people may be fine people who are having a difficult time can help you take a breath and let the rude action pass without letting it ruin your day.

Avoid Taking Things Out of Context

We all have days where everything hits us harder. We get emotional over the small things or hurt over the actions or lack of actions of others. Try to remember that sometimes the actions of other individuals may not be meant to be rude or hurtful. That person may have said or done something without even realizing it that could hurt or offend you. Others might not realize their actions could affect another person’s whole day or genuinely hurt someone’s feelings.

Approaching every situation and person with kindness can be a considerable challenge. Some people can be rude, mean, and self-centered. You will probably face mean people throughout your entire life, and learning how to handle those situations is essential. Sometimes when faced with a mean or challenging situation, it can be hard to remain calm and think clearly. Here at The Guest House, we understand that sometimes you need help learning the skills and tools to face these challenging situations. Everyone is unique and will react in unique ways. We are here to help you. Call us today to learn more about our different treatment options at (855) 483-7800.