Spread the Love!
The definition of a bully can apply in nearly every environment at any age. We see bullies in the workplace, in friend groups, and even out in public. But yet the only movies/media that are released about them strictly involve children and teenagers between the ages of 8-18. Crazy right? My goal for this post is not to remind you how much people of all ages can stink, but to show you that there are many forms of bullying that can be shut down through the use of positivity! In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, let's kill em' with kindness!!
“Blowing someone else’s candle out will never make yours shine brighter”
Love and support the people around you! Praise fellow classmates/coworkers/friends for their successes rather than try to outshine their work. Putting their hard effort down the drain will never make your own look better and someone will always end up with hurt feelings. This is a big form of bullying that we do not generally pick up on because of the age stigma that is attached to the word. Recognize your peers’ strengths and compliment them for it… we all love to be seen once in a while! That little bit of positivity goes a long way in someone’s day and it only takes a few seconds to spread that love!
“Always offer your smile to someone who lost theirs”
We all have that one person in our lives that can lift us out of any bad mood in the snap of a finger… but imagine if we all could offer that kind support to each other. The problem today is that people tend to have a “mind my own business” mindset and shy away from those who look down or upset. The solution doesn’t always come from knowing everything about that person and usually a simple act of kindness can brighten their situation. Personally, I would rather not share the reason that I am upset, but when people make the effort to reach out to wish me a good day or just a simple hug it makes a world of difference.
“Kindness is one size fits all”
Many people see happy/positive people and use the excuse, “Well I’m just not as social or energetic as she is”. We all have the capacity to be kind and offer that positivity to everyone that we encounter. Sure, there is a little effort involved, but the smile it puts on people’s faces makes it all worth while. Before you speak your mind, think about how this will affect the listener. Above all, be kind; but if anything at all, be constructive and helpful. Again, dragging people down will never make you more powerful or respected! Kindness is the key to a happy heart!
“You owe yourself the love that you so freely give to other people”
Eliminating bullying must start with self improvement! Whether you are the bully or the bullied, you must learn to love yourself before all else. Taking part in self-love practices can help you get to know your strengths, accept your weaknesses, and build on your overall character. I’ve listed a few ways at the end of the post that you can learn to love every bit of yourself, top to bottom.
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Take these steps to begin your path to self-love:
Fix what needs to be fixed
Ask yourself what’s stopping you from loving yourself. Think about that answer and decide whether it will inspire change or acceptance.
You are not perfect
Love your imperfections! If you wait to become perfect before you start to love yourself then you will wait a lifetime.
Get to know yourself
Decide now what kind of person you are and what you want out of life. Actually knowing your core beliefs and values can help mold your character into the person you aspire to be.
Let go of what is no longer in your control and learn from those challenges. You are only in control of what’s ahead of you.
Practice self care
A healthy life is a happy life. Dedicate a day to yourself every week where you just focus on you!
As always, thank you for reading! Much love for you all! Leave me a comment below and tell me about some of the positive things in your life!