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  • Writer's pictureNatalie Lehr-Splawinski, Marketing Communications

How does the power of kindness impacts your life and others ?

Updated: May 28

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 act showing this quality. Kindness is crucial, inspiring, motivating and encouraging. It is more than a behaviour - it is an art that brings comfort & happiness to human beings and animals.  The act of giving kindness is simple, positive, healthy and sometimes free. By expressing kindness we show our human quality of being. So, what is the power of kindness?

You can boost someone's mood, confidence, health, and may also encourage others to repeat the good deeds they've experienced themselves – contributing to more positive actions by others.

A 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, and closer relationships. 

Showing kindness and compassion helps other people by 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 everyday

  • 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

  • Volunteer!

  • Donate blood 

  • Be or become an organ donor

  • Help with small gestures

  • Donate to a local thrift store

  • See how you can help someone in your community!

Kindness, also referred to as goodwill, concern, affection, helpfulness, gentleness, compassion and more. It is known to decrease stress by lowering  cortisol, a stress hormone, which directly impacts stress levels and affects high blood pressure. It can impact longevity in a major way and contributes to further closeness with others. This directly impacts self-worth, feeling of being connected and one’s state of sadness, loneliness and or depression. Practising good will is good for your and others' holistic wellbeing!

Look for opportunities to show kindness everyday 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 journey of kindness today!  Kindness is magical. Make it contagious so it can continue to do its magic.

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