Today is World Kindness Day, and I wanted to repost an article I wrote over the summer when I was going through a challenging time. Please remember that it’s okay to not be okay all of the time. 

It is not often apparent that someone is facing internal struggles. Many people can hold it together during the workday and then break down as soon as they get home. Others struggle all day long. The bottom line is to treat everyone with kindness because you just don’t know what someone is dealing with on any given day. You could really make a difference in someone’s life with a simple gesture of support or kindness.

Why should we be kinder? Well, it makes us happier for one. It reduces stress and anxiety. Research suggests that kind people are often healthier and live longer. It’s calming. And it’s the right thing to do. I believe kindness is contagious. Kind acts encourage other kind acts.

Kindness is a choice. So, choose it. How can you be kinder? Here are some simple things each of us can do in and out of the office.