Yogananda stated: “Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families and nations.” The world has mastered success, innovation and wealth, but what about being kind and compassionate? It seems, as we strive for more material wealth and consumption, kindness and compassion toward others becomes less important. As we actively work towards cultivating more kindness, the collective consciousness of our world will positively shift. Random acts of kindness are a great way to cultivate a kinder, more abundant world.
Ask yourself, when was the last time you were kind to a stranger? Or, the last time a stranger was kind to you? How did their kindness make you feel? Hopefully, you received a positive reaction from it, as it is inherent to our nature. Kindness is something that is built into our human genome. From birth we rely heavily on others to care for and nurture us – trusting in the kindness of our parents and loved ones to help us grow. Each time you are kind to someone or someone is kind to you, it is scientifically proven to make you happier. As people commit random acts of kindness, gratitude increases – releasing positivity into the planet. The person receiving the act of kindness is shown, in turn, to be kinder to others they come in contact with throughout the remainder of their day. Like a rock thrown into a pond, the positive vibrations from acts of kindness, ripple out into the unseen energy fields – positively affecting the collective.
- Random acts of kindness release neurochemicals that result in a sense of well-being.
- Simple witnessing acts of kindness produces oxytocin, which aids in lowering blood pressure and improving our overall heart health.
- According to research from Emory University, when you are kind to people, your brain’s pleasure and reward centers light up, as if you were the recipient of the good deed – not the giver.
- Engaging in acts of kindness produces endorphins, which are the brain’s natural painkiller.
- A study by Dr. David R. Hamilton, showed acts of kindness create emotional warmth, which releases the hormone oxytocin, causes the release of nitric oxide – which dilutes the blood vessels causing a reduction in blood pressure.
- Kindness enhances both physical and mental health and has been linked to the reduction of stress.
How can I make an impact:
Tier 1: Global Goodness
- Start with a smile – it goes a long way. When you are out in public, be mindful to greet and smile at those you come in contact with throughout your day.
- Cultivate kindness in your actions. Hold the door for someone, or let someone in front of you in traffic, these are simple ways to spread kindness.
- Text your loved ones a good morning message – it is an easy way to make those around you feel special and seen.
- Bless someone with a compliment. Have you ever loved a stranger’s hair style? Next time let them know – it is an easy way to make someone’s day.
Tier 2: Planet Protector
- At the coffee shop or a restaurant? Pay for someone’s drink or next meal. We promise you will feel amazing watching their expressions, as they are blessed with a gift from a stranger.
- Don’t forget to be kind to yourself. Try placing sticky notes of positive affirmations throughout your house to give yourself a love boost.
- Gift someone one of your favorite books. Volunteer for causes that matter to you. One of the greatest gifts of kindness, is the gift of your time. By sharing your skills and resources with those in need, you spread compassion and kindness.
Tier 3: Earth Angel
- Insert coins into someone’s expiring parking meter, donate your Christmas gifts, or help your elderly neighbor with their lawn care. These are just a few examples of additional ways to spread kindness.
- Get creative and express your kindness in your own terms.
- Don’t forget to spread your kindness to the planet. Pick up trash as you walk, plant some trees, conserve water and turning off lights that are not in use – are just a few ways to be kind to our planet.
- “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” -Desmond Tutu – At Heal The Planet we say Small Acts. Huge Impact.