“Be kind whenever possible.
It’s always possible.”
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Character Day is growing like crazy. Last year, there were 93,000 unique events held in 125 countries, including all 50 states in the U.S. Every event is focused on a single, simple theme: developing character strengths.
At Happy Living, we believe that every day is Character Day. In the modern world of social media, that belief can be translated into a hashtag, of course: #EDICD.
I think that sounds like “edict,” don’t you?
I looked the word up to make sure I understood what it meant. One definition read, “If your mom orders you to clean your room, that’s an order. If the king asks you to do it, that’s an edict — an official order from some higher up.” Of course, we have no authority over you or anyone else, but we do proclaim for ourselves: every day is Character Day. #EDICD. And we write, a lot, to inspire others to live out that edict too. In fact, we’ve been writing about the character strengths–wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence—since long before we even heard of Character Day.
Today, we are celebrating the virtue of humanity. A quick search on our website for “love”, “kindness”, and “empathy”, all strengths listed under the category of humanity, returns two-hundred-thirty-five different posts! (Love=204, Kindness=26, Empathy=5)
Here are excerpts from a few of my favorite Happy Living posts about humanity.
The Many Types of Love
My philosophy on love is built on these four simple ideas:
- I know it’s love because it touches my heart, it reaches my inner spirit, and I can feel it.
- I look for love everywhere and all the time by paying attention to what I am attracted to.
- When I find love, I give it all I have to give.
- I work to create my life doing the things I love, with the people I love, in the places I love.
The Love of a Lifetime
My parents, Paul and Freda Gersper, celebrated their 60th anniversary on January 3, 2016. A week earlier, they had a big party with nearly one hundred of their closest family and friends.
I was asked to be the Master of Ceremonies for their anniversary party. As such, I had to prepare a speech for the big toast. One Sunday morning, as I was thinking about what I could say to possibly match the gravity of such an amazing accomplishment, a poem came to me. Click here to read my poem and to watch an amazing video about a great big love!
The Sweet Gift of Kindness
Here are a few tips I have learned about unexpected kindness and the power of giving:
- Everyone has something they can give – whether it’s time, kindness, money, something they no longer use or need, etc.
- Giving is good for both the giver and the receiver.
- Determine what you have in excess (time, kindness, money, something you no longer use or need, etc.) and then give within your means.
- Look for opportunities to give back that which you have received. (Pay it forward!)
Will Empathy Power the Human Economy?
Men and their analytical “divide-and-conquer thinking” thrived during the agricultural, industrial, and knowledge economies. The human economy, however, favors feminine thinking. And importantly, it rewards a set of human skills that machines cannot learn:
- Multi-disciplinary thinking
Thriving in the human economy will require a shift from left-brain to right-brain thinking and from masculine to feminine solutions.
This post is part three in my series leading up to Character Day 2017, which is scheduled for September 13. Check out parts one and two to see my favorite posts about Wisdom and Courage. Up next: Justice.
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