GJR 001: Why We Could All Use a Little Extra Kindness
In today’s world, negativity often seems to take center stage. Sometimes it’s easy to focus on the negative and to allow the toxic events we see around us and in the news consume us. I’ve found that one of the easiest and most effective ways to combat all the bad is to focus on good – specifically on kindness.
The concept of kindness goes beyond just being nice. It includes being generous and considerate. Giving of yourself in some way is a part of being kind. It involves some sacrifice, no matter how small. It doesn’t require reciprocation and doesn’t expect anything in return. Let’s look at some reasons we could all use a little extra kindness in our lives.
Kindness is Contagious
We’ve all likely heard the platitude that kindness is contagious. However, these old sayings tend to be built in truth. Kindness tends to have a ripple effect. When you give generously of yourself to another, you brighten their day. You may even inspire hope in their world. This can lead them to be in a better frame of mind in order to then do something kind for someone in their life. You never know how far-reaching one act can be.
It Creates Connection
We’re often disconnected in this fast-paced modern world. You never know what someone else is going through. We all have our battles to wage and being kind to someone else might just be the thing that helps them keep pushing forward during a tough time. Plus, when you’re giving toward others, these genuine acts often strengthen bonds.
It Sets a Good Example
Showing grace toward others sets a good example for those around you. There’s always someone watching. This is especially true if you’re a parent. Let your kids and the people in your world see you giving back. This will help to increase that ripple effect I already mentioned and teach a valuable lesson.
It Feels Good
Doing good for others with no expectations in return simply feels good. Kind acts can improve your mood. It’s been shown that helping people actually lights up the pleasure centers of the brain and releases endorphins, feel-good chemicals. In fact, this phenomenon has a name, “helper’s high.”
Being kind offers so many benefits. In a world where genuine connection seems to be lacking and everyone is in such a hurry, kindness may be the cure to bring people together.
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