The truth is that it is all too easy to get caught up in the business of our day-to-day lives. Work and family, bills, yard work and chores have a way of consuming all our time. Only kindness has the power to bring us back to what is truly important: our interactions and relationships with our fellow-man. Kindness relieves us of the bondage of self-centeredness and allows us to focus on loving others and growing relationships.

This is a blog on the power of kindness to change lives and heal societies. We all admire compassion and acts of kindness, but we read little about the subject or how to increase these behaviors in society. Yet if we all agree that these are public goods, then why not work to increase them? Kindness is a behavior, and research shows that by teaching empathy in early school grades that we actually increase kindness and reduce violence — so why don’t we teach this? If we so highly value the compassion and non-violence that King taught that we annually honor his birthday – then why don’t we teach peace, non-violence, and compassion in our schools? There is so much we can do to make our nation and world a better place – and it starts by regular dialogue on what it means to be a kind, loving, and compassionate people. It starts by promoting the values of Gandhi, Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa and Dr. King himself.

It starts with kindness.