Living Kindness Booster
What Do You Think?
Does kindness really have the potential to “turn our lives around?”
Think of a recent act of kindness:
- Someone did for you.
- You did for someone.
- You witnessed.
- How did you feel on all three instances?
Research has shown that we feel the same sense of well-being when we perform, or receive, or even just witness an act of kindness. In each of these situations, we get a serotonin boost—an actual chemical reaction— that leads to feelings of well-being.
Benefits of Kindness
- Increased energy
- Increased longevity
- Better weight control
- Stronger immune system
- Pain reduction
- Faster recovery from surgery
- Healthier cardiovascular system (lower blood pressure)
- Reduced stomach acid
- Improvement in insomnia
- More optimistic and happier outlook
- Heightened sense of well-being
- Sense of exhilaration
- Decreased feelings of loneliness and depression
- Sense of connectedness with others
- Sense of calmness and relaxation
– The Healing Power of Doing Good (Luks and Payne, 1991)
- Invite someone to lunch.
- Welcome new hires.
- When a coworker needs to talk, meet him or her at lunch and listen.
- Tell your boss why you appreciate him or her.
- Walk a coworker to the car or bus at nighttime for safety.
- Leave a treat on the desk of a coworker with whom you normally don’t get along.
- Write something encouraging for a colleague who is experiencing difficulties.
- Remember others’ birthdays and important events.
- Speak softly
- Do other’s chores
- Really listen
- Make a favorite meal
- Share the remote
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