There are many ways to express kindness, and interpretations of kindness are personal to each of us. Psychology Today (www.psychologytoday.com) describes it as a behavioral response of compassion and actions that are selfless; or a mindset that places compassion for others before one’s own interests.
- Release what are called “happy hormones,” dopamine and endorphins, proven to fight depression and reduce stress.
- Funnel emotion in positive ways, which can counteract feelings of resentment, sorrow or pain.
- Improve your overall health by increasing oxytocin levels. Oxytocin expands your blood vessels and can lower blood pressure for improved heart health. It can also decrease pain.
- Encourage others to pass along goodwill.
Choosing to be kind doesn’t require money or even a particular talent. It can be as simple as making eye contact or holding open a door. Simple acts to consider:
- Look someone in the eye and smile
- Compliment a friend – or stranger
- Call someone who is important to you
- Send a loved one a personal note
- Donate time to your favorite charity
- Take time to listen – really listen
- Sit down with someone going through a difficult time
There are limitless ways to show compassion, and it can make a world of difference to someone in need. View a list of kindness ideas at http://bit.ly/srkindnessideas.
Quotes About Kindness
Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. ~ Princess Diana
Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. ~ Scott Adams
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. ~ Audrey Hepburn
Many men fail because they do not see the importance of being kind and courteous to the men under them. Kindness to everybody always pays for itself. And, besides, it is a pleasure to be kind. ~ Charles M. Schwab