Every day is a good day to be kind, but just in case you need to mark your calendar: 17th – 23rd November 21 TIWIW invites you to a 7 Day Challenge to Complete Acts of KINDNESS before Thanksgiving.
Ready or not, there’s never a bad time to be kind. Whatever kindness you start – even something simple – has a way of moving from one person to the next. Whether it’s a smile, a wave, or going the extra by reaching out to someone in need, the benefits of expressing kindness can do a world of good. Kindness impacts the general level of positivity, boosts your mood and it’s contagious.
Why Act of Kindness is important for you and the world?
It is important to understand that there is no measure of kindness whether it is small or big. Each act of kindness is priceless. Kindness leads to happiness and gratitude which are most essential in today’s world where billions of people are getting connected across cultures, socioeconomic status and demographics. An act of kindness can have a snowball effect to impact hundreds to thousands to millions to billions.
Though the act of kindness is devoid of any expectations, it brings something for the givers too – joy and satisfaction of giving, gratitude from the receiver and an opportunity to impact the society through their actions. This is very important. A Japanese study shows that the happy people are kinder than not happy people. The act of kindness promotes thankfulness, appreciation. It promotes compassion which in turn strengthens our interconnectedness with others.
Scientifically speaking, acts of kindness boost endorphin levels. And upping endorphin levels means reducing the things that can hurt us. For example, kindness:
- Reduces blood pressure—acts of kindness create emotional warmth, which releases a hormone known as oxytocin. This helps to lower blood pressure and improve overall heart health.
- Reduces pain—kindness produces endorphins, the brain’s natural pain killer.
- Reduces isolation—it can encourages others to make human contact.
- Reduces anxiety—good deeds can lift our mood because they stimulate the production of serotonin. This feel-good chemical heals your wounds, calms you down, and makes you happy!
- Reduces stress—kind people have 23% less cortisol (known as the stress hormone).
Various Acts of kindness
We hear so many stories on an act of kindness. Specifically in the last few months when the world was reeling under pandemic, humans went out of the way to demonstrate kindheartedness.
1. Act of Giving
Kindness can come in the form of extending giving monetary help to someone in need of medical support, education support etc. It can also come in the form of providing food, clothes, books, toys or any other usable essential items. An act of giving can be done as one time activity or as a repeated one to support a person, support a special cause or support a charitable organization.
2. Act of Helping
This includes extending help in the form of being there to join hands in someone’s difficult or challenging situation. It can be simple acts such as helping an elderly to buy groceries, helping fix a damage at the neighbors house, helping a challenged person to cross the street or helping a colleague at work. An act help can be done in any form and at any moment.
3. Act of Caring
This type of kindness is like tending to another person’s physical or emotional needs. Giving a big hug, surprise visit to parents or grandparents or older friends, sending cards or flowers to ailing people, cook a meal for someone at home or at community center, asking someone if he or she needs help, offer someone a glass of water to drink, visit a sick friend, assist a stranger find an address. An act of caring is not just restricted to human beings. We can care for animals, birds, plants, nature.
Founder of TIWIW, Yogita Ajgaonkar shares “An act of Kindness gives us a sense of purpose. It requires very little effort, but the contentment that I derive from giving back and contributing to the world is unparalleled.”
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