Last week on our new Istagram show we talked about how we can be kinder to each other during the COVID-19 pandemic and say #goodbye2mean. There is so much meanness happening now especially on social media. What does it mean to be mean? The definition of the word mean is: someone treats you unkind or cruel like in the case of bullying.
Have you ever actually thought about why people are mean? There are definitely reasons people are mean to others especially now. Some of these reasons are:
- A lot of people are acting out right now because of fear and anxiety and not knowing what’s going to happen in the future.
- You may have unknowingly done something or said something
- You have an attribute, talent or relationship they don’t possess but wish they did.
When someone is choosing to be mean to you for no reason you have to remember it is not about you. There’s a reason for everyone’s behavior. Most people are not even in touch with ‘the why’ when they act mean.
So how can we be kind to others during this time and say #goodbye2mean. There are a few ways you can respond to meanness that don’t involve being mean back.
- Take a deep breath, hit the pause button and step back before you respond
- This is a very rough and tough time for all of us right now, we need to remember that.
- Get in touch with family and friends via facetime or messages to show them love and encouragement.
Celebrities and others are starting positive challenges that they are flooding social media with to spread positive content. Check out some of the challenges like the chalk messages and drawings people are putting on their driveways and sidewalks so when people walk or drive by they see them. Or the see 10 do 10 push up challenge to keep people healthy during this quarantine. What other challenges have you seen?
Remember don’t pay back mean for mean. Meanness is a choice and so is kindness.
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