what would happen if there were an epidemic of kindness
in the world, if everybody just did one kind thing on a
daily basis. With the following list, you can start to
bring in a small, particular and individual way, some
goodness to yourself first and then to others.
Wish for your neighbor all the good that you wish for
Resist greed in all its forms.
Avoid judging others.
Do not be jealous or envious of anyone.
Forgive from your heart everyone who has injured you.
After having forgiven someone, do not nurse any
resentment against him.
Do not harbor unkind and revengeful thoughts about
Overcome your sensitiveness, it only leads you to be
unfriendly toward others.
Control morose and sullen moods so as not to cast
gloom over your surroundings.
Control your temper and inordinate anger.
Dedicate yourself to knowing and speaking the Truth.
Do not miss opportunities to enlighten someone on
Offer words of praise and encouragement readily.
Offer a ready “Thank You” for small favors received.
Keep your mouth shut whenever you cannot say anything
good or positive.
Be a good listener.
Listen to the same story or stale old joke without
making the speaker aware of your annoyance by breaking
in or cutting him short.
Do not begrudge words of praise addressed to others,
especially if they are directed to someone you do not
Participate in the joys of others; do not put a damper
on them by your adverse or envious attitude.
Prevent others from doing wrong if possible, and
correct them kindly if they fail.
Quickly apologize and seek forgiveness from someone
you have wronged.
Do not refuse to talk or recognize someone who has
Be the first to speak words of reconciliation after
quarreling with another.
Neither participate in gossip nor permit gossip and
petty rumors to go on in your presence; attempt to
change the subject.
Do not slander others by attributing to them sins that
they did not commit or of which you have no evidence.
Prevent the defamation of another’s character whenever
Is an absent person’s reputation safe when you are
present, or do you join in the discussion of his
Do not ruin the reputation of others by telling their
secret sins to persons who have no rightful claim to
Do not lie in order to gain from another’s loss.
Avoid telling friends the unkind remarks others have
made about them and, in this way, cause ill-will.
Avoid cutting and sarcastic remarks about others.
Do not be a chronic complainer by habitually looking
for and pointing out flaws in anything, e.g., the
weather, your work, the boss, people you work with,
Practice the Golden Rule every day.
Encourage and help others to perform good works.
Remember that you shall take no material wealth with
you to your grave.
Be generous with alms and support for charitable
causes; give from your substance rather than from your
Measure your charity not by what others give or by
what you might receive in return, but by your ability
to give and by the need of others.
Have a sense of humor and Smile! Do not be touchy or
sensitive toward others.
Be as polite and courteous to friends and family as
you are to your guests.
Set a good example of dependability, charity, and good
humor to all.
Make others happy by your sympathy, kindly
conversation, and willingness to render them some
service, anonymously whenever possible.
Do not permit another to suffer injustice or
mistreatment when your influence or action could
Comfort someone in sorrow; encourage those in danger
Do not take revenge on others by inflicting pain on
Do not hurt others by your flare-ups of anger and
Be quick to apologize and show your sorrow when you
have caused injury to others, consciously or
Pray for others especially when tempted to angry
thoughts and feelings about them.
by Rafael Francia ’55 from the book “Hidden Power of
Lawrence Lovasik, SOPHIA