According to the Random Act of Kindness (RAK) Foundation, there have been numerous studies that show kindness improves health. Being kind to others has a positive effect on you, the recipient of the kindness, and on those who witness the act of kindness. Research studies suggest the positive effects of kindness include increased energy, decreased stress and pain, and a healthier heart. When we do something kind for someone else, especially when we do it without expecting something in return, we simply feel good. This improves our total well-being and our relationships with others. The book, “Why Kindness is Good for You” (Hay House, 2010) discusses how this is due to a change in our hormone levels in response to the kindness given or received.
There are endless ways to be kind to others and they don’t have to be big things. Here are some ideas.
Simple Acts of Kindness:
Hold the door open for someone
Smile at everyone you see
Say “thank you” more often
Do volunteer work
Give compliments to people you meet
Check on friends who are ill or having a difficult time
Be a good listener
Donate items you no longer use
Invite someone to dinner
Be patient while driving
Hold the elevator for someone
Put down your phone
Share a snack
Say “I am sorry”
Leave a note on someone’s windshield
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” St. Teresa of Calcutta.
Spread a little kindness around, it is contagious. Make is spread like a virus.
What will you do today?