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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)

Living Kindness

At Work

  • 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.

At Home

  • Smile
  • Speak softly
  • Do other’s chores
  • Really listen
  • Praise
  • Make a favorite meal
  • Share the remote

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