When I was quite young, I don’t remember the exact age, my Mum gave me some advice.
“Be kind to animals”.
“Be kind to people”.
“Help people when you can”.
“Kindness costs nothing”.
“If you cannot say something kind, then say nothing at all”.
I took those words to heart, and have tried to live by them since. I went into a career as an EMT that required kindness as ‘stage one’ of any treatment. I was always kind to any animals or pets I encountered, and treated them with great respect.
When I felt I could say nothing kind to someone, I tried to be constructive or helpful instead.
Over 60 years later, I am still trying my very best to put kindness first.