February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. Hopefully having  a Special Day to do so will get you in the habit.

Emotional Fitness Poster reminding you to Practice Kindness

As all the sages across all the ages and as today’s researchers know practicing kindness is the express lane to the good life.

Emotional Fitness Thoughts and Tips

Another Poster Coach. Remember many of my poster coaches are available for downloading at the EFTI Store. When you print them up and post somewhere, like an in your face coach, they make you think about what matters and remind you to practice EFTI’s way to the good life.

Ways to practice kindness


Remember  to be kind to me. Sharing is caring; so is liking, or commenting. Your caring is an act of kindness that keeps me moving forward.

Thank you for all you do


This post was inspired by the fact that today is National Kindness Day and not this WordPress DAILY PROMPT: Evasive Action – What’s the most significant secret you’ve ever kept? Did the truth ever come out?

However, the prompt does spark this thought about being kind. There is a time to not say something and a time to speak out.  How to know when to speak out and when to stay quiet, particularly if that means saying things that are not perceived as kind? The first step is to make certain the issue warrants discussing. Is it a safety issue? Then you must speak. Otherwise, take

Is there a safety issue? Then you must speak. Otherwise, take the time to make sure it is a problem. See how often you feel the urge to comment. Three times in a row?

Then, before saying something ask yourself these questions.

  1. Is it to make me feel better, superior, more powerful,  or is it about helping my friend?
  2. Will it help more than hurt?
  3. Will it damage the relationship?
  4. Is it the right time.?
  5. How can I say what needs saying without being mean? That needs thinking  about and rehearsing.

Do not want to do so much thinking about saying something, a sure sign to just stay quiet.

As Henry David Thoreau noted, “True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.”


These links are for those not familiar with Emotional Intelligence or the idea of Emotional Fitness.

Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises (
The five components of Emotional Intelligence ( Intelligence (

Emotional Fitness Tips for Parents  (
An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents(

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