Treating People with Kindness

If you’re a mental health professional or enthusiast, you’ve probably come across some variation of the phrase “treat people with kindness.” Regular readers of The Spectrum and Audrey’s Corner know that kindness was one of Audrey’s signature personality traits.

Compassion and empathy have made their way into popular culture in recent years with more people focusing on their mental wellbeing and caring for both others and themselves. Not too long ago, former One Direction singer turned solo superstar Harry Styles released his sixth single that is called “Treat People with Kindness.” It is from his 2019 album “Fine Line” and is a prime example of kindness making its way into pop culture and the media.

When I first started writing this article, I had flashbacks of pre-pandemic memories seeing Styles in concert at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland back in March 2018. It was the first activity of my trip, and it was a fantastic experience.

In “Treat People with Kindness,” the singer’s intention is clear right off the bat. Layered by addictive piano chords, the background singers chant an ode to finding kindness and a happy place: “Maybe we can find a place to feel good/And we can treat people with kindness/Find a place to feel good.”

After the opening lines, the song gains momentum and remains consistent in both melody and lyrics. One particular section that resonates with me is the second verse. It is simple yet sends a positive message about feeling good and living in the moment. Styles sings, “Given second chances/I don’t need all the answers/Feeling good in my skin/I just keep on dancin’.” As a dancing enthusiast, I could not agree more!

I highly encourage everyone to listen to this wonderful song if you’re feeling down or just want to listen to something upbeat and positive. It is available on Spotify and Apple Music. Turn it up, have a small dance party with your friends, and celebrate kindness!

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