As we begin a new year it has become increasingly clear how important it is to be kind to one another, and how lacking the world has been in kindness in the last year. While we may not be able to change things on a global scale, we can make a difference to those around us by sharing a little kindness in unexpected ways in this coming year. Here are my top 8 reasons why we should all focus on spreading kindness in 2018.
Whether you believe in Karma or not, we can all agree that what goes around comes around in this world. And, we all know that sharing out kindness increases our chances of getting kindness back.
- Kindness Feels Good
If you are anything like me, you get a goofy grin on your face when you know you have done something really cool for someone else. It makes us happy to do kind things to someone else, and we all love it when we can surprise someone with an unexpected kindness.
- Kindness Lowers Your Stress
When we focus on being kind, we are by default shifting our focus from ourselves to others. We stop looking at our worries and problems for a while. Dwelling on our shortcomings, our own problems or being inward looking only adds to our stress. Helping someone out who is in a worse situation can, in fact, lower our stress level and add some well-needed happiness endorphins to our bloodstream.
- Kindness is Contagious
Like a smile, kindness is contagious. It makes both the sender and receiver feel great. People who feel great spread more kindness. What a great thing to catch kindness and spread it all around!
- Kindness Broadens Our Perspective.
In order to be kind, we have to pay attention to what is happening around us. It makes us take notice of things we hadn’t seen before and see things from someone else’s point of view. A broader perspective helps us to keep things in context when times are tough.
- Kindness Connects Us to Each Other
When we share kindness, we show the other person respect and ensure they feel less alone. By recognizing someone’s need for help and acting on it in a compassionate manner, we make the recipient feel valued.
- Kindness Makes a Difference
We can never really know the far-reaching consequences of random acts of kindness. A simple kind act can change someone’s day and could be the difference between someone giving up or finding the strength to keep going. Never underestimate the power of kindness and the impact it can have.
- Kindness Teaches Us
When we act, we often have little eyes watching and learning from our behavior, good and bad. How fabulous it is for children to have acts of kindness exhibited often in their lives, what a great lesson to learn young.
3 Simple Ways You Can Show Kindness Right Now
- Call someone who is alone for a chat.
Give someone who lives alone a little of your time with a call to just say hi and see how they are.
- Compliment someone in a meaningful way.
Think of ways to compliment people in great ways. Not just about their looks, but about the way they handled an event or spoke.
- Smile more often
It’s hard to be seen as kind if you always look too serious or grumpy. Smiling really is infectious and is one of the quickest ways share kindness around.
Kindness is a powerful thing and something we can never have enough of. After all, in a world where we can be anything, let’s also be kind.