Practicing loving kindness and compassion in meditation is one of the cornerstones to the Theravada school of Buddhism. A famous quote by The 14th Dalai Lama is “My religion is simple, my religion is kindness”. In the practice of Buddhism, the term used is Metta. I take it to mean having a warm, loving heart in one’s approach to well, everything. But of course like anything else it takes practice. Try adopting loving kindness while stuck in traffic. That would defiantly take practice.
So a great place to practice it is during morning meditation and a great person to start it is with yourself. “May I be full of loving kindness” as a mantra in meditation is a way to start the day off right and keep that as a theme throughout the day. And if you’re not a meditator it can just be a good way of approaching difficult situations or moments when you may be down on yourself or others.
I’ve always felt I was a fairly kind person. Approachable and polite. But I also realize I’m fairly introverted and therefore don’t tend to proactively put out loving kindness or volunteer much compassion unless prompted. This for me is something I want to learn to do. This can be a great intention for me to practice.