When someone treats you with kindness, how do you feel? Does it fill you with warmth and happiness? How about when you treat someone else with kindness? Does it produce the same results? Kindness has benefits for both the receiver and the giver.
Research shows that acts of kindness can actually cause a “helpers high” due to a release of endorphins which are the body’s natural pain-killers. After the rush of euphoria, there is a period of calmness and feeling of emotional well-being. This can improve health issues, lower stress, increase energy and create a positive outlook on life.
Kindness is a good way to help boost esteem in others. If we say kind words and do nice things, it will make people feel good about themselves. It shows that we care about them and that they have value. Here are some ideas:
- Smile and say hello
- Make a sincere compliment (Your hair looks lovely today/I like your outfit.)
- Send them a handwritten card or letter
- Give a meaningful touch (gentle hug, pat on the back, handshake)
- Say something good about the person in front of others (John did such a good job helping me clean the garage today.)
- Be encouraging and supportive
- Help them with a task
Kindness can also boost esteem in yourself. Always use positive words when talking to yourself (either out loud or in your mind). Never criticize or tear yourself down. Here are some ideas:
- I’m not very fast but always do the best I can
- Helping other people makes me feel good
- I made a mistake, but I learned something new and I’ll do better next time
- I may not be good playing sports, but I sure like watching them.
- People make fun of my clothing but I like my own styles and I feel comfortable
Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are. ~Author Unknown
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain
Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns. ~Author Unknown
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” ~ Aesop
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. ~Seneca