Kindness Makes The World Go Round


Here is one of my favourite quotes from the always irrepressible, Mark Twain. “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up”. I love it because it’s so simple and so true. Or perhaps that should be the other way around. No matter, whichever way you put it, it works.

I am a great believer in kindness. It is the virtue I hold dear above all others. Besides being central to Mark Twain’s cheering-up philosophy, which has to be the ethos of a happy society, it is also one of the best ways to individual happiness. Win, win.

It might sound too nauseating and saccharine a Pollyanna outlook, but let’s put it another way. If you ruin somebody else day, you ruin your own. Nobody walks away from a bruising encounter thinking, “Well, that was nice. Glad I did that.” Read More…



I’ve always loved the quote by Audrey Hepburn: ‘For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.’ All this seems to have been brought into sharp focus lately, with scary world events – and a massive humanitarian crisis. Never have we needed kindness so much, I feel.

Recently I had my heart well and truly warmed while presenting the prizes at a North London junior school (dearly wishing either of my parents was still around to marvel at this most unlikely of scenarios, since my own school career was less-than-distinguished. But that’s another story). Yes, there were the usual prizes for sports achievement, and French, and reading – but what truly touched me was the prize given annually to one young woman in each and every class for kindness. How utterly marvellous is that? Because in the grand scheme of things, I reckon being kind is probably far more important than knowing the capital of Peru or Pythagorus’s wretched theorem. Read More…