Resolve to Be Kinder in 2018
Kindness Never Goes Out of Style
We live in a super-sized, fast-paced world where it is sometimes hard to find the good in ourselves and in others.
With changes and improvements in technology moving at a break-neck pace things that were once cutting edge (dial-up modems, flip phones, pocket cameras) quickly become obsolete.
Remember the now obsolete VCR?
Thank goodness kindness never goes out of style. Kindness is something that is desperately needed all day in every corner of the world. At times it seems as if it has gone out of style, so it’s up to us to make sure we keep it relevant and trendy.
Below is a slideshow I created for an opening to a wellness event that I offered to employees this fall. The topic was the healthy side effects of kindness. I hope you will enjoy, live it and share it!
Healthy Side Effects of Kindness
Research shows that kindness has a significant impact on your health in a positive way.
Random Acts of Kindness.org says that:
- In 2010 the Harvard Business School surveyed people in 136 countries and found that those who are generous with charitable donations are the happiest overall.
- People who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains.
- People 55 and older who volunteer for two or more organizations have an impressive 44% lower likelihood of dying early, and that’s after sifting out every other contributing factor, including physical health, exercise, gender, habits like smoking, marital status and many more.
- According to research from Emory University, being kind to others triggers your brain’s pleasure and reward centers light up, as if you were the recipient of the good deed—not the giver. This phenomenon is called the “helper’s high.”
- Kindness stimulates the production of serotonin – the feel-good chemical in your brain – that heals wounds, calms you down, and makes you happy!
Engaging in acts of kindness has also been shown to reduce pain, stress, anxiety and depression, and blood pressure!
Resolve to Spread Kindness in 2018
Make a resolution to spread kindness in 2018. It never goes out of style!