The Side Effects of Everyday Kindness
Monday, November 13 was World Kindness Day. So why am I sharing this article now? Well, when I think about this… shouldn’t everyday be World Kindness Day? Do we need something only once a year to jog our memories about being kind? Perhaps it should be habit, with daily rituals and willingness. 365 days of kindness sounds a whole lot better!
Each day, we should reflect on how we can create a kinder community and surprise someone with a kind gesture. Genuine gestures of sincere kindness are good for you, not only emotionally and mentally but physiologically, too.
Scottish scientist and author, David R. Hamilton, says kindness is healthy for the heart. Being sincerely kind to someone releases the hormone oxytocin, which stimulates the production of nitric oxide that in turn dilates the arteries and helps regulate blood pressure. David describes kindness as cardioprotective.
A second side effect of oxytocin — which David calls the ‘kindness molecule’ — is that it builds and strengthens relationships. In a world deluded by digital ‘friends’ connecting with another human being face-to-face and reciprocating kindness generates happiness. Kindness and happiness go hand-in-hand.
It’s why I’ve joined Kynd and love helping locals.
Showing kindness doesn’t have to take effort or cost a lot. In fact, the best things are free. It’s the doing that brings positive side effects:
♥ visiting an elderly friend for tea
♥ playing a game of Scrabble, bridge or cards
♥ taking a neighbour’s yard-bound dog for a walk
♥ tidying up a family member’s garden
♥ enjoying the card game Snap with a child
♥ bringing a home-baked cake to work
♥ posting a funny card to a dear friend.
So belated happy World Kindness Day everybody – and happy everyday!
Let’s all #bekynd