What Motivates You To Be Kind To People When You Don’t Receive It Back? People Responded.

Be kind, y’all!

It’s really that simple.

And it’s a philosophy that we should all strive to live by…even though it can be hard sometimes.

AskReddit users talked about why they’re kind to people even when they don’t get it in return.

Let’s take a look.

1. Get radical.

“‘Radical kindness’!

“Practicing radical kindness means assuming the best of everyone— heart- seeing them— and then acting toward them with compassion, patience, and humility. It means infusing what we think, say, and do through- out the day with warmth, understanding, and care. It means treating everyone— including ourselves!””

2. A good quote.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

I believe in this quote a lot and try to live by it. Giving kindness is free and maybe, in some situations it may costs more effort.

But at the end of the day, I just want them to be happy. That is reward enough for me.”

3. The way you are.

“It isn’t a conscious choice, it is the way that I am.

Even when I am at my worst (feeling really down) I put on a smile. Having had some bad times that I wouldn’t wish on anyone else I just do what little I can.

Yesterday I complimented a woman on her bright pink hair and we had a short but sweet conversation about it.”

4. Simple as that.

“The golden rule- treat others how you want to be treated.

However, once the line has been crossed it becomes “I will treat you the way you treat me.”

Though my tolerance is fairly high. You can despise someone, yet still be nice.”

5. Yup.

“You catch more flies with honey.

Not saying your motivation to be nice should be to get things out of people, but more opportunities present themselves when you’re likeable and people want to be around you.

You sleep well and have diverse social groups to interact with. And being nice does not mean to let people take advantage of you.

Clearly communicate your boundaries and have the other person confirm that they’ve heard and understand you.”

6. Idealistic.

“Having ideals means you stick to them no matter what. You have no expectation of getting anything in return.

Trying to be a good person is done solely because it’s the right thing to do. Not because you think people will like you better or you’ll be rewarded.

Even though being a good person has burned me so many times, I refuse to let it break my ideals.”

7. The power of good.

“Being kind is so much more powerful, if subtle, than unkindness.

It’s costs me nothing but a bit of mental gymnastics and for a few moments life isn’t terrible.”

8. You do you.

“You can’t control what you can’t control.

Live your own life and try to set an example.”

9. Nice and easy.

“Honestly, it makes my life easier.

It’s not too much work to be kind and I do not have to worry about what people think of me.”

10. No matter what.

“What if they’re just having a bad day? Or year? Or life? You never know.

They probably didn’t mean to hurt me. Or they just have problems. I don’t know. Regardless, it’s okay. I’ll live.

And maybe make their day a little better, at least I hope so.

Maybe I’m naive, maybe not. I don’t really care. I’m doing it anyway.”

11. No guilt.

“I want to be a good example for the children around me.

I also can’t sleep at night if I make poor choices because the guilt will eat me alive.”

12. The power of positivity.

“I measure my success in life by how much positive energy I can put out into the universe.

Therefore it doesn’t require reciprocation.”

Why do you choose to be nice to people?

Talk to us in the comments and let us know.

Thanks a lot!