Kindness, defined as “a kind, considerate or helpful act” is effortless, contagious, and it can brighten the darkest of days.
Sadly, when turning on the news no doubt you’ll come across some hate in this world. Whether it’s another shooting in a school or another terrorist attack. It saddens me to even type the word “another”.
In the words of black eyed peas, it’s got me questioning ‘where is the love?’
Although we shouldn’t do acts of kindness for something in return, doing so can have positive health effects to both the giver and receiver of kindness.
Huffington Post have published some of these which include; stimulation of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain to give individuals the “feel good” factor. Kindness produces emotional warmth, which in turn produces the “cardio-protective” hormone oxytocin for reducing blood pressure. This hormone is also argued to reduce the signs of ageing; this is also done through activation of the vagus nerve which controls inflammation in the body.
Kindness also helps to build better relationships with others, whether this is in forging new relationships or making existing ones stronger. Kindness helps an emotional connection between two individuals and helps them to become more “bonded”.
But how can we spread kindness to others?
A random act of kindness really is so easy! Feeling inspired? You can sign up to become a “raktivist”with the Random Act of Kindness Foundation Joining over 19,000 people across 87 countries that strive towards building a kinder world, making kindness effortless and selfless acts the norm.
What random act of kindness are you going to pass on today?
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I'm Aimee creator of 'Aims On Health'.
Here you'll find things all health and wellness but my main interests lie in public health.
My work experience involves working with vulnerable groups in society, providing health eduction and promoting positive behaviour change. I have also just completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Liverpool.
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