Keeping it kind

Do you know how much value kindness adds to your life? To some, kindness is a bit of an empty term. If you were asked to reel off words that you associate with strength, leadership and success- I doubt kindness would even make the top ten for most of you. Let’s just say, when we wake up in the morning, practising being kind is not one of the 20 things rushing around our mind that we need to get done, in our busy day ahead! But that’s where we are flawed as hard workers, and general human beings. We are tough on ourselves, and sometimes, tough on our peers.

Being empathetic towards others and thinking before you speak is certainly important- but showing yourself kindness, has been proven in recent studies, to take you smoothly down the road to success, good health and happiness. Sound good?

Daniel Fessler, UCLA’s inaugural director claims that “receiving kindness from others, and providing kindness, both of those things are the antithesis of this toxic stress situation. And they’re good for you. Even seemingly trivial interactions, like a barista at a coffee shop smiling and asking how you are, can improve people’s wellbeing.”

Columbia University doctor Kelli Harding goes more into the depth of importance of kindness in her book The Rabbit Effect. She says: “It helps the immune system, blood pressure. It helps people to live longer and better. It’s amazing because there’s an ample supply and you can’t overdose on it. There’s a free supply. It’s right there. Kindness can turn a lot around and help people navigate things in their world”.

So, there you have it. It is becoming more known that practising kindness is the way forward, and it really isn’t limited on how much we can give to one another- it’s entirely up to us.