Kindness Can Improve Our Health

A young woman comforts a depressed female friend. - 2/03/2020

Sharing positive comments and behaviors with others helps spread an important quality — kindness.  It can be easy to take kindness for granted, but when practiced, it can improve our health. 

Our lives are fast-paced and complex causing us to react before we think through our behaviors. Some incredible things can happen, if we pause to think before we respond. The act of helping another person activates the pleasure part of our brains.  The kinder we are to others, the better we feel ourselves. Mayo Clinic says people who give of themselves in a balanced way tend to be healthier and live longer. 

What are considered kind behaviors?

Selflessness

Considerateness

Generosity

How might kindness impact our psychological and physical health? 

Improve sleep

Diminish fatigue

Increase confidence

What can you do to practice simple acts of kindness?

Allow someone to go ahead of you in traffic.

Avoid rushing past a slow-moving person.

Buy or prepare a meal for someone.

Take a moment and consider these popular quotes:

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. – Maya Angelou

We rise by lifting others. – Robert Ingersoll

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. – Mark Twain

You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force. – Publilius Syrus

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. – Helen James


Don’t forget to be kind to yourself. Avoid self-criticizing. Eat healthy. Exercise. Get plenty of sleep. When we take care of ourselves, we can take care of others. When you rise each day ask yourself, “How can I practice kindness today?” Pay attention and see how much better you and those around you feel!