If something was available free on prescription that could boost your mood, lower anxiety, increase satisfaction in relationships and improve your physical health as well, wouldn’t you take it?
Well, that free thing is kindness. Yup. Being kind to other people has such a positive effect on you, it’s as good as being selfish. And we’re not talking major philanthropic works here, we’re talking about holding the door open for the next person, picking up something someone has dropped, or dropping some loose change into a charity box. Heck, you can even do some of those things without exchanging a word, if you’re as shy as my sons.
The Random Acts of Kindness website also says “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!” So you don’t even need to do the kind act yourself to benefit.
I love being kind, but I’m a shy babe as well, so I like doing little, daft things to help. Today, though, I have invested £2 in 24 candy canes from Aldi, and I am on a mission to give them all out, along with a smile and a Merry Christmas. It’s Thursday, and I have a funeral to go to, so I may not give out too many there. I’m also due to go carol singing at an Old Folks’ Home, which may be where most of my canes get handed out.
How about you? What will you do today to be kind?
Now for the advert-y bit: I can’t be bothered to think of a witty way to link kindness and my books, except a request for you to buy my books and be kind to me.
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