The Power of Kindness
Kindness is a special gift that each of us has within us. It is often an gift we take for granted; we do not intentionally nor actively try to apply it in our daily lives. Yet, we have all experienced the power of kindness and know that simple acts can lift another person's spirit including our own. It is a choice you can make daily to improve your own life as well as another person's.
Kindness is contagious; your act of kindness, small or big, can trigger a dominoe effect of positive events as you inspire others. I know it sounds idealistic but I believe one of the fundamental principles of being human is that we care; for ourselves and others. As humans we have a tendency to focus on the negative, whilst this has its function in protecting us from danger, it also evokes more negative emotions including anxiety, depression, anger, stress and shame. Overtime if unchecked, this exposure to negative events and news on an ongoing basis, filter our reality and make us believe that our world is more negative than positive, we feel hopeless and helpless.
Yes - Greed, terror, injustic and violence exist along with other atrocities occuring on a daily basis BUT there are also moments of grace, compassion, kindness, altruism, hope and love that occur just as frequently. You can choose what to focus your attention and energy towards. You can combat it through kindness, and this can spread from community to community.
So why not try to be more conscious of your daily routine and ask yourself; is there a way I can cultivate more kindness?
Acts of kindness can be big or small, it is the intention that matters. It doesn't need to be monetary nor does it require much of your time or effort. It can be for the people in your life or for strangers in need of help. Here's a few idea to get you started:
Smilling at someone
Holding a door for a stranger
Giving a compliment
Offering someone a pen
Thanking someone with or without a gift
Buying someone lunch
Donating money to a charitable cause
Taking time to listen to someone
Giving someone advice based on your expertise/knowledge/experience
Helping stray animals find a home
Collecting litter from the streets and recycling
Offering someone a ride home
Doing a favour without asking for anything in return
Also, while kindness should ideally be done without any expectation, I've listed a few benefits below to hopefully inspire and motivate you to START TODAY.
Prosocial behaviors (such as kindness) increase happiness and self-esteem
Being kind improves how others see and accept you
Neural networks related to reward fire when we’re kind, and when we see others experience kindness
Kindness can lower the effects of stress
Relieves anxiety and symptoms of depression
A mood booster (release feel good chemicals)
It inspires more kindness
Kindness leads to reductions in risks for disease (e.g. reduce risk of heart diesease, improves immune system)
Creates a sense of belonging and reduces isolation
Lowers blood pressure
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