As we enter the month of pink hearts and red roses, it may seem a little harder than usual to get into the spirit of love. There is so much we can’t seem to agree on right now. No matter your beliefs, I think we all know more than a few people who feel bogged down by the seemingly constant stream of negative and confrontational messages and news confronting us each and every day. How can we stay positive, sane, and healthy in the midst of such external stressors?
Being kind to one another is a great place to start. Acts of kindness towards friends, loved ones, and even strangers, can help turn both our individual and collective outlook around. Think small, like holding the door for someone or smiling and saying hello. These small everyday acts will add up, and we will all reap the physical and emotional health benefits of a more positive world. Kindness doesn’t take sides, and it knows no language nor discrimination. Kindness is a gift we can all unwrap equally.
With this in mind, we are going to hatch our newest initiative: a kindness campaign! For each of the next 30 days, we are encouraging people to do a small act of kindness for someone and post it to our Facebook page. Let’s see how much positive energy we can put into the universe, and how much healthier we’ll all be as a result!
The Power of a Four Letter Word
We can all think of a few four letter words that pack quite a punch, but few spread their impact as much as this one: kind. Research from universities far and wide has shown how beneficial acts of kindness are, with boosts for both the giver and the receiver. So we did a little research on our own to find out how we can all benefit from this four-letter word.
Researchers in the Psychology Department of Tokohu Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, found that you can be happier if you just count the number of acts of kindness you perform. Talk about getting more bang for your buck–just calculating your kindness is enough to boost your happiness level!
Much like the common cold, or the flu this time of year, just being around kindness is contagious. A study from Cambridge University, the University of Plymouth, and UCLA found that just seeing someone else do something kind for another person was enough to make someone feel good, and then reach out and help someone else on their own. Where can you cause a snowball effect of kindness?
If you need another reason to put forth an extra dose of kindness, look no further than a study from the University of Michigan. In 2003, Dr. Stephanie Brown found that “people who regularly offered practical help to others had a lower risk of dying over a five-year period than those who did not.” You’d be hard-pressed to find a more powerful reason to be kind!
Now it’s time for you to do your own research: What happens when you spread a little kindness today?
Source: 5 Research-Based Reasons to be Kind, Huffington Post.