Extreme Kindness

Extreme Kindness

Detached or downright nice?

My recycling chores always grind to a halt when I reach the newspaper bin. All those printed words sitting on the page, unread! I can’t bare the thought of sending off the papers to be reincarnated without taking at least one last look through them.

And I’m stoked I did today. I found an article in the National Post titled, “Kindness is the new sign of cool”.

A couple of psychology grads from the University of British Columbia set out to discover what constitutes cool. They surveyed 800 people and asked them to rank on a scale of one to seven (one being uncool, seven being cool) over 90 adjectives. Detached, confident, friendly to name a few.

Some folks still thought those who rocked a rebellious, ironic vibe were where it’s at. But the landslide victory went to the emotionally open, compassionate, sentimental stallions. Score one for the Napoleon-Dynamite-Lyger-sketchers of the world! I wonder where the Fonz would have stood on this one?

Time to recycle your views on what’s hot and what’s rot. Speaking of which, back to work!

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37 Responses to “Detached or downright nice?”

  1. micqualyn Says:
    July 15th, 2006 at 12:45 pm

    There are defiantly times when we need to recycle our attitudes towards certain issues.
    “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”.
    That saying can be applied to your views. Being open to changing what you believe and engaging yourself in situations that can modify your views can be very refreshing and personally gratifying.

    I’ve always liked the idea that things can “rub off on you”. So if I feel I’m lacking in say kindness then I’ll seek out people who are kindness experts and learn from them or spend more time in their presence. If you find yourself in a rut seeking out what you are lacking or weak in and consciously infusing it into your life is so powerful.

    Is person is usually excellent in a few areas, not every area. So to learn and absorb the good of others is an essential tool for development and attitude shifting.

    Cheers.

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