It feels like an underrated value: kindness. Admittedly, being kind doesn’t have the same cool, sparkling ring to it as courage, creativity and adventure. But even in its subtlety and gentleness, kindness can be so powerful.
Kindness is the social glue that helps us feel connected. Complimenting and helping others gives us a sense of belonging and makes life more meaningful. In turn, kindness has a positive impact on loneliness, your mood and overall happiness.
The great thing is, kindness is contagious. Not only do people who receive acts of generosity pay it back, they’re also more likely to pay it forward. One act of kindness triggers other people to spread positivity in their own way. Kindness truly makes the world go round.
And as a bonus, being kind to others also turns out to be good for your own health. Research shows that volunteering and random acts of kindness support healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and lower inflammation in the body, which are all markers of good cardiovascular health. That’s probably why kindness is linked to living a longer life. Being kind also boosts the release of pain-relieving endorphins and happy hormones like dopamine and serotonin, contributing to your emotional wellbeing.
You don’t necessarily have to donate blood or work in a shelter to do good. You can simply be a good friend, even if you’re chronically ill. You can support loved ones in need by offering a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on. Don’t worry if you’re unable to help out practically or financially – people appreciate small gestures just as much as big ones. And of course, not-so-random acts of kindness help to make this world a better place.
Have a look at these 18 kindness quotes to warm your heart and get you inspired.
Which kindness quotes warm your heart?
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Thank you for including this post in your weekly round-up Claire! And for supporting other health bloggers by sharing their work. https://painpalsblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/7404/
Great post and information - I have shared a link on my regular feature Monday Magic – Inspiring Blogs for You! Claire (PainPalsBlog) x
Thank you soo much may God bless you in many ways ☺
I'm sorry, the blog post is a few years old so the giveaway has been closed for a while now. Perhaps you can use some of the tips above to create a care package: puzzles or magazine, (free) samples of body care products if your dad is still in the hospital, a gift card for iTunes? I also like the Gifts in A Tin from DIYMommy: https://thediymommy.com/a-gift-in-a-tin-christmas-baking-kit-gift/ (Scroll down for an overview) or an edible gift like the five bean soup IF he's medically allowed to eat that of course!: https://thehealthsessions.com/healthy-edible-gifts/ Hope your father feels better soon!
I was going to leave a comment for the give away... For my dad cuz he had his gull bladder taken out a fue hrs ago but congrats... Is there a cheep way i can make something for him?
Being careful with what you eat might be a good idea if you're feeling sick or have stomach aches. Luckily, there are still plenty of things listed you can do to entertain yourself :-) Feel better soon!
When I am I'll myum doesn't let me eat so some wouldn't work 😢🍕
Hi Darci, thank you for your message. Unfortunately the guide is not available yet as a hardcover and a paperback. If that changes in the near future, I will let you know. Warm regards, Jennifer
I would like to buy this book in hard cover or paperback instead of e-book for a friend
Super useful habits Nat! I also need to mentally unwind before bedtime or I'll be laying awake all night with thoughts racing through my mind.
A few things that help me ( I suffer from insomnia) is by not taking my phone to bed with me, i finish checking emails, social media etc in the living room and go to bed to switch off. Something else I do is turn on my essential oils diffuser an hour before bed so the room is scent with a relaxing mist of essential oils such as lavender, or vetiver which is like a sedative and incredible for helping me unwind. Another thing that work well when i can't switch my brain off is to write a quick list of everything i think i need to be dealing with now and highlighting only the ones that need to be taken care of the next day. Helps me not to feel so overwhelmed and in turn helps me fall asleep easier.
I'm touched by your kind words Darla, thank you. It's perfectly normal that you're resentful and feel sorry for yourself. You've had a lot to deal with. Not just experiencing horrible symptoms on a daily basis, but also having to adjust the plans you had for your future and your sense of identity. To me, positivity in the face of adversity is not about having an irrealistic rose-colored view of life. But I do believe that trying to find the good in little things each day can help make the bad ones more bearable. It's a challenge, but your insightful comment tells me that you're up for it ;-) Let me know if there's anything I can do to help. Good luck, be gentle with yourself and take care Darla!
Dr.Jen the Zen one, first off you rock! Since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 4 years ago and 2 years ago double pneumonia that left me with heart failure with 28% left undamaged it has seriously limited my mobility energy patience and unfortunately my positive attitude. 52 years on this planet, I lived a happy-go-lucky , look on the bright side, things will be better tomorrow, or crack a silly joke and get over it type of life. Now for the first time in my life I find myself having to work at being positive. Anger and resentment and even the dreaded " poor little me" mindset is trying to set up permanent residence. And tonight I find your blog and it gives me hope I just want to say "Thank you" Darla