Did you participate in Random Acts of Kindness Week or even know it was?
Helping others is not only good for them and a good thing to do, it also makes us happier and healthier too. What goes around comes around- and with kindness it really does.
Research shows that being kind to others increases our own levels of happiness as well as theirs. What's more it has a knock-on effect as kindness is contagious. Recent research into brain functioning has confirmed that we are hard-wired for love and compassion. So it's not all chasing about individual success. When we're kind to people we know it strengthens our connections with them and provides a source of support.
Research shows that we may benefit from giving support more than those receiving it and we're also more likely get support in return when we need it. This may not be like-for-like support, or even from the same person, but being kind to others builds a wider support network which increases well-being all round.
Kindness can be as simple as a smile, a thank-you, a word of encouragement, holding a door open for someone, giving a compliment, making someone laugh, listening to someone when you are busy or helping someone when they look lost. There are unlimited ways to be kind to others - we only need to keep your eyes open and pay attention to those around us to start seeing opportunities to help.
As the Dalai Lama says: "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." So if you haven't done anything so far this week, try it for a few hours and see how it changes the perspective on your day!
Have a great weekend and enjoy the video.