To close off the last week of April and the kindness challenge lets review how kindness can impact others and also your own health.
Kindness releases feel-good hormones like oxytocin. Oxytocin also increases our self-esteem and optimism, which is extra helpful when we’re in anxious or shy in a social situation.
Kindness eases anxiety.
Kindness is good for your heart.
It can help you live longer.
It reduces stress and pain.
Kindness prevents illness.
Your energy will boost.
It will increase pleasure. when you are kind to another person, your brain’s pleasure and reward centres light up, as if you were the recipient of the good deed—not the giver. This phenomenon is called the “helper’s high.”
Did you know that kindness is teachable?
“It’s kind of like weight training, we found that people can actually build up their compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others’ suffering with care and a desire to help.” Dr. Ritchie Davidson , University of Wisconsin.
Or that kindness is contagious?
The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!
When you choose kindness, you are also choosing to be well. This month we have explored how kindness can impact our mindset in a positive way. Because the mind and body are connected, we also explored the biochemical impact kindness can have in our bodies. When we feel safe and well our body can prioritise healing and growth chemistry rather than inflammation and disease. We also looked at how our eating patterns can align with how kind we are being towards ourselves.
Connecting a Happy Mind with a Happy Body whilst fuelling it with Happy Food is my philosophy. This is a great way to give the mind and body the best environment to transform and repair.
Promoting a state of growth and repair is the opposite to being in a fight, flight or freeze response that leads to more inflammation and stress. Feeling happier and healthier you are more suggestible to change; you can ‘bend like bamboo’ with flexibility seeing obstacles as opportunities. If you are going through change, illness or any setback see if you can catch yourself in those moments where you are being critical, judgemental or hard on yourself. Notice how you treat others when you are feeling this way, and use the wristband technique to remind yourself to choose kindness.
Thank you for your stories of kindness keep emailing them in firstname.lastname@example.org as we love to share them. Remember that when you choose kindness you are also choosing wellness!
To give yourself the best environment to be kind you might want to explore further work on yourself.
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