We are told from a very young age to be kind to others. That seems to be a good general rule for all humans. But did you know there are scientifically proven benefits of being kind?
Being kind has proven benefits for your mind and body.
During this season of gift giving, we challenge you to give the greatest gift of all - being kind to others.
Take action and fill your days with random acts of kindness. Your heart and your mind will thank you!
Let’s first look at some fun facts about Kindness:
- Kindness is the highest form of intelligence. It is a state of being that evolves from the understanding that love is what binds us all together.
- Kindness affects both our minds and hearts. Kindness to others and ourselves can lower blood pressure and reduce stress.
- Long term kindness can rewire our brain towards positive outlooks and less negative self-talk.
- People who demonstrate goodness report increased happiness, healthier hearts, slower aging, and better relationships.
- Research indicates that kindness is the most important predictor of satisfaction and stability.
- Many universities are now emphasizing kindness on their admission applications.
The holiday season is a great time to practice random acts of kindness. Think of special acts you can do individually or as a family.
Here are some ideas to help you get started:
- Help a neighbor put up their christmas lights
- Go caroling with your family
- Deliver hot chocolate to your local fire hall
- Bring holiday flowers to the nursing home
- Volunteer to serve a meal at a local soup kitchen
- Donate books and toys to a local shelter
- Do a chore for a family member
- Pay for someone else’s coffee
- Offer someone your parking spot
- Volunteer to walk a dog from the shelter
Remember - Kindness is Contagious! So just one act of kindness will multiply!