People are going to make you mad; that’s a fact of life. For me, it’s when I’m driving. All other times, I am patient and charitable. Long line? I have a book. Struggling with the ATM? We’ve all been there. Appointment running late? It happens. But when I get on the road, all of that goes out the window. I complain about people driving too slow, driving too fast, missing light changes, failing to signal, parking poorly, and a whole host of other offenses. It’s probably a good thing that no one can hear what I’m saying about them. (If I get behind you in the car, I apologize in advance.) As soon as I get out of the vehicle, though, all of that disappears. I don’t even think about it the rest of the day.
When someone hurts or angers us, our first instinct is to repay them in kind. That just leads to a spiral of pain and resentment. You’ve heard the expression “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” Let’s try a different way. The next time someone hurts you, take a deep breath, wait a day before responding to that email, count to ten… whatever you need to do to calm down before replying. Give them the benefit of the doubt; maybe they’re just having a bad day.
November 13 is World Kindness Day, and our inspirational mugs can encourage you and others!
1. Be an Adult
This is what I was saying up above. Someone has to make the first effort. Why not you?
2. Inspire Confidence
There are people that encourage everyone they meet to be their best selves. These people never run out of friends.
3. Good Communication
Sometimes all it takes to treat someone kindly is to really listen to what they have to say.
4. Walk Away
Who doesn’t enjoy a juicy bit of gossip? The people being gossiped about, probably. It serves no purpose but to fan the flames of jealousy and superiority.
When we let others make us angry, sad, or hurt, we’ve given them a lot of control over us. Take that power back and meet everyone on your own terms.
This is just a short list of some of our inspirational mugs. Remember, U.S. orders of two or more mugs get free shipping! That’s one way we treat you with kindness!