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What is Your Kindness Quotient?

How kind are you? What is your kindness quotient? There are various tests you may have taken — an I.Q. test (intelligence quotient), perhaps a Risk Quotient test (from your financial adviser), or maybe you took an Emotional Quotient test you found in a magazine. But have you given thought to what your kindness quotient might be?

You can do that right now by asking yourself questions such as these:

When was the last time you did something kind for someone in your family—e.g., got a blanket, cleaned off the table, prepared the coffee—without being asked?Think about your school or workplace.

Which person is the most overlooked or avoided? A shy student? A grumpy employee?

Maybe he doesn’t speak the language. Maybe she doesn’t fit in. Are you kind to this person?

Kind hearts are quietly kind. They let the car cut into traffic and the young mom with three kids move up in the checkout line. Those are tough to do, aren't they!?

Kind hearts pick up the neighbor’s trashcan that rolled into the street.Kind hearts are especially kind at church. They understand that perhaps the neediest person they’ll meet all week is the one standing in the foyer or sitting in the row behind them in worship.

In the book of Galatians, Paul writes: “When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it.” (Gal. 6:10a).


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