How to Have Courage and Be Kind

Have you ever talked about someone behind their back or spread a rumor without even knowing it? At some point in our lives, we’ve all been guilty of sharing information that wasn’t ours to share. If we had the tools to have courage and be kind, we might think twice before talking about someone behind their back and potentially hurting someone.

There’s so much going on in the world. Now, more than ever, it’s essential to have courage and be kind. At The Daily Shifts, we’ve found, when you live your life with courage and kindness, life will be good to you. Let’s take this lesson straight to the heart and make it the mantra of our lives. Have courage and be kind. 

You can choose to make the world a better place by using the power of kindness and courage. Being kind actually takes a lot of courage, especially when the situation is in an elevated state where it isn’t easy to choose kindness first. That’s where courage enters the chat.

Authentic courage and kindness can be difficult to practice depending on the situation. When we can find ways to practice having courage and being kind, it can transform everything — even us.

Genuine, meaningful kindness — the kind of kindness that touches others and makes the world a better place — is difficult to practice. Genuine kindness requires courage, self-awareness, intention, mindfulness, empathy, and commitment.

Who said Have Courage and Be Kind?

“Have courage and be kind.” This is Cinderella’s motto in the 2015 film. In the movie, this motto shows kindness as lowering your defenses and offering a friendly, helping hand to those around you. The theme is reiterated by Cinderellas’s character through genuine kindness and vulnerability. 

She uses kindness and courage to take risks and find success when it comes to defeating her enemies. “Have courage and be kind” is complex in its simplicity. It contains so many valuable lessons in just a few simple words. It combines both strength and vulnerability into a guiding worldview that opens you up to be sincerely kind and also stand up for yourself and your beliefs.

What does Courage mean?

Courage is the ability to do something that frightens you. Simply put, courage is doing something despite being afraid to do it. It is the choice and willingness to face agony and pain or danger and uncertainty. Courage is about acknowledging risk and making conscious decisions to move forward with said decision.

How to Have Courage 

Like we mentioned earlier, it takes courage to be kind and choose the right thing. Having courage means pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone and caring less about what people and society think. Courage is doing what’s right even if it terrifies you. Building courage and confidence will allow you to make more room for kindness in your life. 

Courage holds a certain type of sincerity and creates less space for worrying about what others may think and instead just acting from a place of knowing. Courage creates an air of confidence. Acting from courage can be difficult, but if you can challenge yourself to have courage in difficult situations, the outcome will pay off exponentially.

How to Be Kind

Kindness has the ability to touch everyone we meet. We often think of kindness as being outwardly focused and on giving to others. Kindness is also one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. Kindness is definitely a type of superpower when you put it to use.

Start by using kind words with yourself and offering kind words to those around you. Kindness can be given in acts as well. Next time you find yourself in a situation where someone needs help, be the first to offer a hand. Kindness can be as simple as checking in on a friend or indulging in your own self-care rituals. Whatever act of kindness you choose, if it comes from the heart, you won’t be let down.

Courage vs Bravery

Kindness and courage have all kinds of superpowers. Bravery is considered a trait or something we have intrinsically inside of us. Someone who is considered brave is a person who reacts to a dangerous situation without thinking. Courage is usually viewed as witnessing a dangerous situation and still acting despite being fearful. 
Continue to build healthy habits and live a life well-lived by implementing our favorite motto into your life, “Have courage and be kind.” For more inspiration and ways to improve your daily life, check out these 5 Takeaways from Holy Shit We’re Alive, the book!

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