9 Habits – being considerate

Jill Rowe, our Ethos and Formation Director, turns the spotlight on being considerate


One thing leads to another

Cut a hole in the top of a lemon and make sure that there is some lemon juice released.

Then pour a little bit of bicarbonate of soda into the hole, stand back and watch as a volcano of foam starts pouring out of the lemon. You can even add some food colouring for added effect!

How does this happen? Why does it happen? Basically, what’s taking place is a chemical reaction. One thing has led to another thing happening! The citric acid had reacted with the bicarbonate of soda.

Interestingly, there’s a chemical reaction that takes place when we practice the habit of being considerate! It takes place inside our bodies. When we give to others, when we are kind, or generous; when we are considerate, specific hormones are released by our brains that make us feel happier and healthier. As a result of this chemical reaction, there is an impact on us.




One thing really does lead to another!

Now, imagine if we become more and more considerate, taking more and more opportunities to give, to be generous, to be kind? Our lives will be changed. We will be transformed. And we will experience greater happiness and wellbeing too.

But it gets even better.

We all know that we don’t live or exist in isolation from each other. Even during the restrictions of a pandemic lockdown, we have found ways of belonging and connecting to others. And guess what… any acts of kindness, generosity, or care that we show to others and any times when we are considerate of others – it all leads to a reaction; a reaction that creates greater health and happiness in them, and in our communities too.

So today, and tomorrow, and every single day after that, let’s choose to be considerate and to always remember that one thing really does lead to another.