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If kindness makes us happier and healthier, if it improves our relationships with others, why would we choose to be anything but kind? 

Most of us know about Darwin’s survival of the fittest.  Typically, this is associated with selfishness.  To survive means I have to take care of me and my needs first.  However, Darwin, who studied human evolution, did not actually see our DNA as being competitive and selfish.  In fact, he believed that humans are hard-wired kind and caring, and that is how we survive as a species. Furthermore, there is scientific evidence that being kind is good for your health.

The kindness story continues from last week with Part II.  You can read Part I in the previous blog post, 1) Conscious Kindness: A Story - Part I.  

Impatiently, the manager responded, “Of course, I am.  They have weekly meeting and host business dinners here”.  The lady replied, “And you make quite a bit of money off their business, right”?  “Yes”, responded the manager, but what business is that of yours”?  The lady responded, “I am Quinn Sterling, the President and CEO of the Sterling Company”. “Oh”, said the manager, and he walked away.  

Kindness is the gracious gesture of compassion; it is our recognition that another person deserves the same love we give ourselves.

I heard a story that illustrates how being kind can have unanticipated effects in a person’s life. Here is the story: