In our last blog post, we discussed how kindness can boost our happiness by stimulating happiness neuro-chemicals. This time, we want to talk about how we can be kind and what effect we can see.
What are the characteristics of being kind?
Being kind means being friendly, considerate, and generous. When you are kind, you consider others' feelings, help them, and avoid the things that will harm and hurt them.
How can acts of kindness lead to positive change?
Scientific evidence shows that not only the person receiving kind acts can feel happier, but even the giver and witness can also see a boost in happiness.
Apart from feeling happy, what will we feel after being kind?
Kindness can boost self-esteem, empathy, compassion and improve our mood. Kindness can also increase our connectivity with others, curb our loneliness, feel more loved, and strengthen our relationship.
How can we be kind?
In our questionnaire on Facebook and Instagram, and our readers gave us excellent suggestions on how to be kind:
smiling at neighbors
holding the door for others
helping others before being asked
sharing with others
saying thank you to anyone who helped us
lending a hand to help people when needed
Have you ever felt grateful and happy when someone held the elevator for you? Or when someone thanks you for keeping the door for them? Have you ever seen the smiles on the driver's face when we say thank you to them when we get off the bus?
Being kind is simple - it's not rocket science. You know even the smallest act of kindness can change someone's life! Sometimes our kind behavior can have a ripple effect, spreading out and passing it on. It only takes a spark to get the fire growing!! Your small kind actions can impact your friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers! They, in turn, may start to help others whom you'll never meet. Isn't that fascinating?
Let's be kind!!
Kenson & Keaton