A simple, peaceful and powerful phrase
Love is kind. It is the perfect complement to patience. It’s the second rung of the ladder for your love journey climb. If you can master kindness, just imagine how much better the world around you could become.
Kindness is being friendly, generous, and considerate. Affection, gentleness, warmth, concern, and care are traits of kindness. Its an amazing cycle: Love brings kindness; kindness brings love.
Kindness should be practiced with all the critical relationships in your life. First and foremost, yourself as well as those close to you.
The benefits of kindness go beyond those you are being kind to, kindness can also improve your life. Relationships with family, friends, and your partner can develop more when kindness is prevalent. Its usually reciprocal: when you give kindness, you tend to receive kindness back.
Kindness increases the good stuff: Energy, happiness, lifespan, pleasure, and oxytocin which is known as the ‘love hormone’ because it increases our self-esteem and optimism.
Kindness also decreases the bad stuff: Pain, stress, anxiety, depression, and blood pressure.
Kindness is contagious
Seeing someone perform an act of kindness can make you feel good. It’s called moral elevation, and it’s that good feeling you get when you’re in the presence of human kindness.
Moral elevation helps to explain why kindness is contagious. Studies have found that this natural high makes people want to others with kindness.
Researchers recently studied college students and measured their brain activity and heart rates while they watched videos depicting heroic acts of kindness.
When the students were viewing the heroic acts, researches saw unique combinations in the students’ brain activity. They had both fight-or-flight response and a calming, self-soothing response.
The researchers hypothesize that this may be because watching a compassionate act requires us to witness suffering, which enacts a stress response. We get then get a sense of calm or joy after we see the suffering alleviated through an act of kindness.
Practice random acts of kindness
A simple way to start generating more kindness is to practice random acts of kindness. A random act of kindness is a selfless act either help or cheer up a random stranger, for no reason other than to make people happier. They can be large or small, happen unexpectedly, without prompting and have no apparent ulterior motive.
We even have a Random Acts of Kindness Day. Its an unofficial holiday celebrated each year on February 17. The second week of February is also Random Act of Kindness week. The intent of this holiday is to urge people to be kind to each other, especially those they don’t know, without any specific reason. How great is that – a special day dedicated to kindness?
Looking for ideas of how to spread random acts of kindness? Check out Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. They have a lot of great ideas. Go here to get inspired: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas
Kindness – It starts with you
Let’s make the world a better place on person at a time by starting with ourselves. Give love. Give it to yourself, your friends, family, community, the nature around you and more. Imagine what our world would be like if we all just gave a little more love.
Love is kind. It starts with you.