Now that it's officially holiday season, I've noticed that people are in better spirits. This is great news for your business - as I've written more, there is actually a return on investment in kindness. Your kindness to your employees, investors and clients will pay great dividends as it will put both you and them in better moods. Don't take it from me - take it from Sheldon Yellen, CEO of the global billion dollar company property restoration company Belfor, who believes that kindness is a business advantage

While it's great that people are kind right now, I hope that you are able to stay positive and kind throughout 2018. I've written before about the power of inspiring quotations to move us and others to action. Here, then, are 15 quotes to help inspire kindness in the office and at home, this holiday season and beyond:

  1. "This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness."  -Dalai Lama
  2. "A warm smile is the universal language of kindness." - William Arthur Ward
  3. "Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness." - Khalil Gibran
  4. "There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity." - Nathaniel Branden
  5. "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  6. "Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions." - Kiana Tom
  7. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle."-- Plato
  8. "Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." - Mark Twain
  9. "The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention." - Kahlil Gibran, The Essential Kahlil Gibran
  10. "I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness." - Mother Teresa
  11. "Never lose a chance of saying a kind word. " - William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
  12. "Our kindness may be the most persuasive argument for that which we believe." -Gordon B. Hinckley
  13. "It's a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research & study, the best advice I can give people is to be a little kinder to each other." - Aldous Huxley
  14. "It seems to me that no matter what religion you subscribe to, acts of kindness are the stepping-stones to making the world a better place--because we become better people in it." - Jodi Picoult
  15. "Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." -Scott Adams

What was your favorite quote? How important do you think kindness is in business? How are you going to spread kindness to your clients, colleagues, and friends this holiday season and beyond?