Wise Words Wednesday.....Being Kind
Posted on 20th September 2017 at 07:32
“Just as a lily pad in a pond will rise and fall on the wave produced by a pebble dropped in that pond, so acts of kindness will raise the spirits of people we might never know.” - David R. Hamilton PhD
Acts of Kindness
Last week I had one of my best friends stay over with me for a week. She was in need of some “TLC” (tender loving care) so I invited her to spend some time with me.
Unfortunately I had some work commitments already booked into my diary, so I gave her the key to my house so she could do as she pleased when I wasn’t there.
After packing away my weekly shop on Sunday, I opened my bag draw where I usually stuff my plastic bags. The draw is so packed I usually have to close the door very quickly to stop them all falling out.
Much to my surprise my friend had neatly folded every single bag and placed them all into one big shopping bag. I was so touched that she had gone out of her way to do this for me. It was such a thoughtful act of kindness. It really made me feel warm and grateful inside.
Hormones of Love and Kindness
When you are being genuinely kind, it produces warmth, love and connection and these feelings produce the hormone oxytocin. Research has shown that there are many healing health benefits of oxytocin:
• Helps you to handle stress better
• Reduces cravings for alcohol drugs and sweets
• Reduces blood pressure
• Provides anti- inflammatory effects
• Helps the heart heal by reducing cell death
15 Ways To Be Kind To Yourself and Others
There are so many things you can do to boost our own oxytocin levels through being kind to yourself and others.
1. Be a good listener.
2. Be fully present with the person you are with.
3. Be optimistic by focusing on the positive.
4. Maintain a sense of humour and laugh at yourself.
5. Be genuinely friendly and caring.
6. Be polite and respectful.
7. Be compassionate and less judgemental towards others. Everyone is fighting their own battles.
8. Be kind to yourself and treat yourself like you would your best friend.
9. Make kindness a habit.
10. Learn about kindness from others.
11. Smile more often.
12. Call up a friend and ask how they are.
13. Show affection. A hug, a kiss or a cuddle can make a massive difference.
14. Support a charity.
15. Stop complaining.
It doesn’t cost anything to be kind. When you are kind not only does the receiver reap the benefits, the giver also gains too no matter how small or big the act of kindness.
Over to You
I would love to hear about acts of kindness that you have experienced. Leave a comment below.
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