Kindness is simply defined as caring for others. The Cambridge University Press Organization quotes kindness as the quality of being generous, helpful, and caring about other people, or as an actshowing this quality. Kindness is crucial, inspiring, motivating and encouraging. But it is much more than behaviour - it is an art that brings comfort & happiness to human beings and animals.
The act of giving kindness is simple, positive, healthy and mostly free. By expressing kindness we show our human quality of simply being and helping others. You can boost someone's mood, confidence, and even health, and encourage others to repeat the good deeds they've experienced themselves – contributing to more positive actions by others. True kindness doesn't expect anything in return.
Researchers state that people who are kind and compassionate are more satisfied with their lives as they experience stronger physical and mental health, closer relationships and live a higher quality of life.
Showing kindness and compassion helps other people in small or big ways while inspiring them to practise kindness themselves.
Below are some simple ways to practise kindness:
Help a stranger or loved one
Smile at a stranger
Show your gratitude to someone you care about
Connect with someone you don't specifically get along with
Make a list of things you love about a person you love
Volunteer - give the gift of some of your time
Be polite and helpful every day
Treat people with compassion & respect
Be thoughtful & appreciative
Stay connected with loved ones
Help a child or a senior
Do a favour for someone who needs it
Give someone homeless a food
Help out at a homeless shelter
Become an organ donor
Help with small gestures
Donate to a local thrift store
Help someone in your community
Kindness is known to decrease stress by lowering cortisol, a stress hormone, which directly impacts stress levels by decreasing high blood pressure. It can impact longevity in a major way and contributes to closeness with others. This directly impacts self-worth, the feeling of being connected and less lonely. It's good for your and others' holistic well-being!
Look for opportunities to show kindness every day and especially if you see someone in distress. Physiologically, kindness can positively change your brain. By practising kindness your brain boosts serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters in the brain that give you feelings of satisfaction and well-being and contribute to releasing Endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain killer. Start your kindness journey today.
Kindness is magical.
Make it contagious so the magic can grow around you!