caring personality

How lucky you were if your teacher read “Charlotte’s Web” to you in elementary school. Not only did you get to hear a great story, but you also learned how amazing it was for Wilbur the pig to have such a caring friend as the cool little spider, Charlotte.

The respect, concern and empathy she showed for Wilbur was truly uplifting and made us all want to have that same generosity of spirit, that caring nature.

None of us wanted to be Templeton the Rat, who was the opposite of caring – detached insensitive, pitiless, selfish and even cruel (at least until the end) – and that’s exactly why teachers choose to read that book to children, to inspire them to want to be caring people.

Why is it important? As Charlotte shows us, the ability to be caring lies at the core of true friendship. By showing a sincere interest in other people’s troubles or successes, you learn to build healthy relationships with family, friends and people you work with.

How do you practice being a caring person? That’s the easy part:

  • Tell a friend or family member something you like about them

  • Pick up after your pet to help keep your community clean

  • Hold the door for someone just for the sake of being helpful

  • Choose to do something nice for another person when there’s no reward in it for you

  • Listen to someone when they’re sharing a story

  • Throw away a piece of trash instead of littering

  • Recognize when someone does something thoughtful for you

  • Volunteer

  • Show respect for a person’s viewpoint, even if it's counter to your own

  • Forgive someone for making a mistake.


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