“Have courage and be kind.” – Cinderella
Life can be stressful. In the midst of deadlines and schedules, we can often forget to be kind to one another. Each of us are battling something that most people know nothing about. Whether it is work stress, family struggles, or health issues, it is important to remember we are all struggling. It doesn’t take much to be kind to someone, but it could make a world of difference to them.
I get it. When you’re stressed, the last thing you want to have to worry about is figuring out how to be kind to the next person you see. If you’re anything like me, you’re hoping someone reading this article takes it to heart and practices their kindness on you. Lord knows we all need a little grace! Here’s my gift to you: a little cheat sheet on how to be kind. You can read over this and adjust as necessary.
Ways to be kind
Smile at someone
Genuinely listen to someone’s struggles
Hold the door for someone
Let someone into your lane during rush hour
Volunteer to help someone in need
Give someone your seat on the bus
Say “Please”, “Thank you”, or “Sorry” to someone
This list isn’t exhaustive; it’s not supposed to be. It’s a kickstart for you to begin choosing kindness over selfishness.
Did you see that coming? Being kind to people can actually improve not only your psychological health, but also your physical and emotional health.
Being kind releases endorphins in your brain. This is the same hormone released when you work out or do something pleasurable. This leads to lower anxiety and an increase in positive moods.
Being kind is good for your heart. When you are kind to people, your brain also releases oxytocin. This particular hormone is known to dilate blood vessels, leading to lower blood pressure. With lower blood pressure and a healthier heart, you also increase your life span.
Being kind is not only beneficial for us, but also for the people on the receiving end. When we are kind, we build healthier relationships and begin a positive cycle for others to continue being kind. Kindness is contagious. When others see you being kind, there is a possibility someone is going to return the same kindness to you.
Cinderella was once told, “Where there is kindness, there is goodness, and where there is goodness there is magic.” Good luck out there, friends. Make the world a little more magical today with your kindness.
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