Please join my new endeavor: #EverythingKindness. It is SIMPLY an effort to share kindness with others.
– big & small!
– simple & complex!
– in ways that others notice & those that are secrets!
Wondering how you can contribute to this movement of kindness?
ONE EASY STEP!
* Share your efforts with us on #EverythingKindness! Your actions will surely INSPIRE & move others. Kindness is contagious – help spread it far & wide.
Tell us about ANYTHING & EVERYTHING that is kind!
– held the door for a neighbor?
– thanked your barista?
– made space for someone to sit down on the subway?
– replaced the toilet paper roll for your partner?
– ate a terrible meal your sweet child prepared for you?
– gave your pooch an extra cuddle this morning?
– told a joke?
– Kindness Improves Relationships
– Kindness Is Contagious
– Kindness Makes Us Happier
– Kindness Is Good for the Heart
– Kindness Slows Aging
SO…for your own good and the good of others, share the kindness you spread throughout the world here!
Our friends at kindnesscard.com have done some research. Check it out!
Fun Facts on Kindness
- Simply watching someone else do good deeds inspires people to help out too. Not only does kindness elevate our moods, but we act more altruistic too!3
Studies show that when people give to charity, it activates a region of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection and trust and believe it releases endorphins in the brain called “helper’s high.”4
- One study shows that when one person behaves generously, it inspires observers to behave generously later, toward different people. In fact, the researchers found that altruism could spread by three degrees—from person to person to person to person. “As a result,” they write, “each person in a network can influence dozens or even hundreds of people, some of whom he or she does not know and has not met.”4
- People who feel more connected to others have lower rates of anxiety and depression and high rates of self-esteem.5
- Strong social connections strengthen our immune system and lead to a 50% increased chance of longevity.6
- Research has routinely shown that people act more benevolently than self-interest would seem to predict ~ people are drawn to pro-social behavior and they are happier when acting this way!7
- Through decades of study and research, we know that “human beings are inherently sympathetic to the fates of others beyond themselves” and societies that flourish rely on this sympathy.8 It makes sense then that if we want to make our communities better, we need to be better to each other.
1. Based on a Stanford study: http://ccare.stanford.edu/uncategorized/connectedness-health-the-science-of-social-connection-infographic
7. The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith (1759)