The Imperative of an "Ever Kind Mind" in Today's World

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The Imperative of an "Ever Kind Mind" in Today's World

Eric Teeters, Psy.D.

In a world grappling with a myriad of challenges, from global crises (e.g., climate change, poverty, injustice) to every day individual struggles, the importance of cultivating an "Ever Kind Mind" cannot be overstated. If you look this phrase up, it is not in the research. Yet, the concepts are not new. I recently began reflecting on our society and the existential questions currently facing us. So, what does an “Ever Kind Mind” mean?

This concept of an “Ever Kind Mind” goes beyond sporadic acts of kindness and urges individuals to adopt a consistent and pervasive mindset of compassion. Research indicates that such a mindset not only benefits personal well-being but also has far-reaching positive effects on communities and societies.

Fostering Mental Well-being:

Numerous studies underscore the positive impact of kindness on mental health. Acts of kindness trigger the release of oxytocin, a hormone associated with feelings of love and happiness, contributing to improved overall well-being (Post, 2005). Cultivating an "Ever Kind Mind" creates a sustained positive feedback loop, promoting mental resilience and emotional balance.

Building Stronger Social Connections:

Kindness serves as a powerful catalyst for building and fortifying social connections. In personal relationships and professional environments, an "Ever Kind Mind" cultivates trust and understanding. This, in turn, enhances collaboration and creates a supportive network (Keltner et al., 2014).

Enhancing Emotional Intelligence:

Emotional intelligence, a crucial skill in today's complex world, is closely linked to kindness. An "Ever Kind Mind" not only fosters self-awareness but also nurtures empathy and understanding of others' emotions. This heightened emotional intelligence contributes to improved communication and conflict resolution (Davidson & Harrington, 2002).

Creating a Positive Ripple Effect:

The impact of consistent kindness extends beyond individual interactions, creating a positive ripple effect. Acts of kindness inspire others to engage in benevolent actions, fostering a culture of compassion within communities and society at large.

Stress Reduction and Resilience:

The "Ever Kind Mind" approach serves as a potent buffer against stress and adversity. Studies have shown that kindness is linked to lower stress levels and increased resilience. Facing challenges with a compassionate mindset equips individuals to navigate difficulties while maintaining mental and emotional well-being.

As we navigate an era marked by uncertainty and division, the call for an "Ever Kind Mind" is more pertinent than ever. Beyond personal benefits, a consistent commitment to kindness has the potential to transform societies. It is a force capable of bridging divides, fostering unity, and creating a world where compassion is the cornerstone of human interaction.

Ultimately, cultivating an "Ever Kind Mind" goes beyond altruism; it is a fundamental necessity for individual and collective well-being. As individuals, communities, and nations, we must recognize the transformative power of sustained kindness and embrace it as an integral part of our shared human experience.

Much more to come on this!


Post, S. G. (2005). Altruism, happiness, and health: It’s good to be good. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 12(2), 66–77.

Keltner, D., Kogan, A., Piff, P. K., & Saturn, S. R. (2014). The sociocultural appraisals, values, and emotions (SAVE) framework of prosociality: Core processes from gene to meme. Annual Review of Psychology, 65, 425–460.

Davidson, R. J., & Harrington, A. (2002). Visions of compassion: Western scientists and Tibetan Buddhists examine human nature. Oxford University Press.

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