November 13 is World Kindness Day and I thought let’s continue with our self-care challenge by completing a week of random acts of kindness.
This mini challenge will officially start on Monday 15 November. If you would like to be a part of this challenge sign up here.
But why is kindness so important? And how can it be beneficial for your own self-care?
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But why is kindness so important?
As children and even as adults, we look for kindness from our family and friends. We give and receive kindness every day in some form.
Kindness moves us. We remember past kindness acts done to and by us. Kindness nourishes, heals, strengthens, and uplifts us.
Many studies have shown that kindness is good for you. It benefits your brain, your body, and your emotions in many ways.
Here are 4 reasons why kindness is so important.
- Kindness makes us happier. When we perform random acts of kindness, we activate areas of pleasure, social connection, and trust in our brains.
- It creates a positive loop in our mind. Kindness makes you happier and happiness makes you kinder. When you are happy, you are more likely to feel giving and kind towards others.
- Kindness helps with the healing process. When healthcare is delivered with kindness it can speed up the healing process, thereby shortening hospital stays. Kinder care leads to a range of outcomes including reduced pain, lowered blood pressure and less anxiety for the patient and caregivers.
- Kindness can decrease or help prevent diseases. Kindness lowers our stress and anxiety levels and decreases pain because of the endorphins and feel-good hormones released at the time of the act.
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No matter how inconsequential an act of kindness might be, it is good for you. Without kindness life would be lonely, filled with anger, disease, and stress. But when kindness is both given and received with no expectations in return, our lives are calmer and happier.
How tiny actions can make huge impacts
Do you remember how you felt when you had a tough day and a stranger smiled at you? Or the time you helped your neighbour carry in her shopping and how she still thanks you for it? Each of these small acts of kindness can make a huge impact on someone’s life.
Small actions often lead to giant ripples. One small action can completely change the life of someone who then performs an act of kindness for someone else. And the cycle continues and grows.
No matter how big or small the act of kindness is, it’s likely to have big significances to your own mental health. According to psychologists and researchers, the smallest acts of kindness can create a rebound effect on not only the receiver’s wellbeing but your own as well.
For example, a smile increases their level of comfort along with making them happier. It puts you in a better mood as well. That simple smile could be the reason someone is lifted out of despair.
Acts of Kindness can Lead to Lasting Change
Tiny acts of kindness can make a change in two ways; they are the catalyst for others to start invoking their own small acts of kindness and they have a contagious effect on others. In other words, when we carry out tiny acts of kindness, other people see them, inspiring more kindness.
People who have a tendency to do small things to spread kindness are more likely to take action in bigger ways as well.
Whatever you choose to do, each tiny act of kindness can have a big impact on others in ways you may never imagine. Each tiny act is observed and passed along to another making it grow into a big act.
So, join me for a week of random acts of kindness, starting Monday November 15, and see how great it makes you feel.
What is one random act of kindness you can do right now?