- When we're kind to others it raises our serotonin levels, giving us a stronger sense of calmness and even raising our self-esteem.
- Witnessing acts of kindness produces oxytocin - AKA the love hormone - which can help lower our blood pressure.
- Developing habits of kindness reduce pain, stress, anxiety, and depression over time.
When we talk random acts of kindness, we don't need to park a new car in the neighbor's driveway as a surprise. Think about those things I talk about living simply and living well - decluttering excess to bring out the really valuable things in our lives. Same goes for kindness - simple is powerful. Try one (or more!) of these easy and inexpensive ways to share random acts of kindness this week!
- Be a polite driver. Do the MN Nice smile and wave to let people move through traffic.
- Be kind to your server. Make eye contact when he/she comes to your table.
- Leave a positive sticky note for a family member or friend. Better yet, leave one for that person at the office who is sometimes a challenge in your life.
- Make a Saturday morning donate date with friends. Commit to donate at least one bag of items to a local non-profit (think the clothes you don't really need from your closet, items for the food shelf, or personal care supplies to a woman's shelter). Get together to make your drops and then go for a walk with your friends (now that is being kind to yourself, too!).