Today is World Kindness Day and in the world we live in it’s an important day

The world is becoming polarised and extreme

Every single day I see people on social media desperate for attention

The only way they feel they can get attention is by dragging others down

And I honestly believe we need to change the narrative and the world

LET’S RETHINK “NICE GUYS FINISH LAST”

If there’s one phrase that needs rethinking it’s that one

I’m thinking a lot about this on #WorldKindnessDay and how it impacts Social Media

There are 2 ways to get attention on the internet

1. Rant, Be Offensive and attack others – it’s quick and people will pile on

2. Turn up every day, be kind and help others – and it takes a long time, but it pays off

The former disappear pretty quickly as genuinely people don’t like them and their ranting often masks lack of talent or insecurities

The latter stick around long term as they’re confident in themselves and their talent

THINK ABOUT YOUR LATER YEARS I.E WHEN YOU RETIRE
When you’re 65 what are people going to say about you

If you’re 30 or 40 something years old now it’s the time after you’ve finished networking, working for others or running your own business

It’s when you have free time and your friends and family members are the people you see more than those that you are useful to at work

Do you want them to think you were

“Always nice, kind and helped others”

or

“Never had a nice word to say about anyone and ranted on the internet”

What they think of you is the difference between them stopping and saying hello or crossing the road when you retire

SOCIAL MEDIA – THIS IS HOW PEOPLE VIEW YOU IN THE WORLD
Unless they’re close family or you live with them – people see you more on social media than they see you in real life

Even those you network with once a week over breakfast will see you more on social media than in real life if you’re using social media the right way

And people who don’t know you personally certainly gain that 1st impression of you via social media

If people who didn’t know you looked at your last 10 social media posts (including comments and replies) – what would they think of you?

Would they consider you kind and generous?

IT’S OK TO SCROLL ON BY
If someone puts something on the internet that you disagree with – I know this sounds strange to a lot of people, but it’s perfectly acceptable to scroll on by and not respond

You don’t have to be comment. You don’t have to be outraged or offended. You don’t have to assert your view as if you’ll spontaneously combust if you don’t

It’s OK to scroll on by and get on with life and respond to something that you do agree with, that makes you smile, that someone is happy about

The average person on Facebook sees around 300 updates a day

The lifespan of a tweet is just 18 minutes long

There’s a library full of smart advice on LinkedIn every day

And nothing should offend you on Instagram because it’s a happy place

Comment on stuff that makes you happy and anything else file into the space in your brain that says “that person is not me, they have different opinions and that’s ok” (and then move on)

BE KIND ALWAYS
World Kindness Day is today

Kindness is something you send out into the world every day

Kindness is a strength not a weakness

It’s not a one off activity

Take care of yourself

Support those around you

Don’t go onto social media with the intent of belittling others

Be Kind Always

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