Some people say it is something you share. Others say it is a contagious act meant to inspire. Whatever you believe the definition of kindness to be, there is no denying that it has the power to change us and positively impact the world that we live in. In fact, kindness is so important that the powers at large created World Kindness Day, a global celebration of how compassion connects all people. And since kindness is in our DNA, we are fully here to spread the cheer this World Kindness Day, November 13th, 2020. And in the spirit of celebration, let’s take a moment to really understand the good that goodness can create and discuss how incorporating acts of kindness into our daily routines can create the fulfilling lives we so desire to lead.
The Psychology Behind Kindness:
Being good is actually great for your health! Don’t believe us? Just ask the scientists! Here are some ways kindness can create positive change in the body.
- Mood-Boosting Magic
Kindness can increase a sense of connectivity, which enhances relationships, and makes you feel less alone. Hello mood improvement!
- Stress Alleviation
Kind acts can decrease your body’s cortisol levels, a hormone that directly impacts stress in the body. When you actively decide to demonstrate kindness, you are creating an activity for yourself which in turn, distracts you from feeling anxious in certain situations.
- Longer Lives
It’s all about balance. Studies show that people who lead kind lives tend to be healthier and live longer.
- Pleasure Please!
Kindness can actually change your brain. When you are kind, you are boosting two key neurotransmitters in the brain, serotonin and dopamine, both of which are responsible for feelings of pleasure and well-being. Kindness may also cause the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers.
Something that feels good AND is good for us? Yeah, we can subscribe to that! So what are some ways by which we can easily incorporate kindness into our daily routines (besides checking out our app on the regular!?).
- Practice Gratitude:
An attitude of gratitude can reshape the way we view our lives. By seeking out the positives in our lives we begin to practice kinder self-talk and reduce negative emotions. Kindness starts within, so try and write down 3-5 things you are grateful for each and every day. A new perspective can literally change your life.
- Ready, Set, Action:
Perhaps you can begin by asking yourself “how can I practice kindness today?” Maybe that answer means reaching out to a friend. Maybe it means volunteering at a local charity. When you actively decide to put care into the world, the world become a more caring place. That’s just math baby!
This World Kindness Day let’s begin to incorporate small acts of kindness into our daily routines. It only takes a few small steps to build the momentum for larger movements which will create the change this world needs to see.
Happy World Kindness Day everyone! We can’t wait to hear how you decided to celebrate.