The world needs your kindness, now more than ever. When compassionate souls consistently connect with conflict, whether at work, home, the media or even in politics, your energy becomes depleted. This leaves you at risk for depression and anxiety.
How Can Kindness Refill Your Cup?
Spreading kindness is good for your health, as well as others. Here are six science-based ways being kind is good for your health By Maile Proctor
- Kindness releases feel-good hormones.
- Kindness eases anxiety.
- Kindness is good for your heart.
- It can help you live longer.
- It reduces stress.
- Kindness prevents illness.
10 Ways to Spread Kindness
There are numerous ways to spread kindness, more than I can count. I crafted this blog to get you started.
1. Allow someone to help you: As an empathic helper, accepting and asking for help can be difficult. Look from a different perspective. When others give to you, it helps them feel valuable and useful. Don’t deprive others of this gift. Simply say, thank you!
2. Photograph tourists: Offer to take another person’s photo. Selfies are fine but nothing beats someone else taking the photo for you. Living close to Plymouth Massachusetts, I love helping tourists with photos and directions. Even when my husband and I travel, we offer to take other people’s photos for them.
3. Give gifts mindfully: Purchase or make gifts which remind you of the uniqueness of another person. When you offer your gift, tell the other person why you are giving it to him or her. I have given photos, prayers, poems and books, all with this premise.
4. Be kind to yourself: Write down every morning or evening three to five things you are grateful for. Reflecting on what you have is a sure fire way to boost your mood. What is positively unique about you?
5. Send holiday cards or visit senior centers: Many seniors, do not have family visitors. Loneliness can become more apparent around the holiday season. Speak with your local senior center as to how you can best offer your gifts.
6. Give reviews on Amazon or for a website: Think about all of the products, classes and services you have enjoyed this year. Pick three to five of them and give a glowing review. Being an author and teacher, I can attest to the feeling of receiving positive feedback. It gives you the motivation to keep going, when the going gets tough.
7. Smile and give others compliments: You never know what another person is going through and your words may come at a needed time. Often, compliments are dismissed by the giver and even the receiver as no big deal. Your words are powerful, use them for good. Learn how to accept and give authentic praise.
8. Leave anonymous messages for others: Hand written notes, painted stones and cut out hearts can brighten another person’s day. Once I left a painted rock at my local park with an inspirational message on it. When I returned a few days later, it was claimed. I often smile, wondering who has it.
9. Your loving intentions: Kindness can be offered to others through your own thoughts and prayers. The other party does not even have to know you did anything for them. Keeping a delicious secret like this can bring the biggest smile of delight to yourself. Remember: Not only your words, but also your thoughts are powerful and can make a difference in the life of others.
10. Listen to Spreading Kindness: A Meditation to Heal Yourself & Others. Earlier this year, I felt upset with the state of the world. I prayed and was guided to create this specific meditation, which I am honored to share with you. Connect with a higher expression of love and peace. Spreading Kindness: A Meditation to Heal Yourself & Others by Lisa Hutchison LMHC helps you refill your cup as an empathic helper, while flowing healing light and love to those you know.
Buy your copy here today—>Spreading Kindness: A Meditation to Heal Yourself & Others . Listen on your phone, computer or device by clicking the web link provided after purchase.
Lisa Hutchison LMHC is the Amazon bestselling author of I Fill My Cup: A Journal for Compassionate Helpers and the kindle book Setting Ethical Limits for Caring & Competent Professionals. Lisa is a licensed psychotherapist and writing coach who helps sensitive souls not just survive but shine. To learn more visit: http://www.lisahutchison.net