In case you didn't know, today is World Kindness Day. But of course none of us should need a special day to be kind any more than we should need a special day of the year to give thanks.
There's no question that being kind helps other people. In fact, there are documented instances of times when being kind saved a life. You just never know what someone else is going through or how your smile or kind gesture can help them through it.
And, as Elle Sommer said, "You can never know the ripple effect you create with one tiny gesture of kindness." Your kindness to a harassed mom or dad might carry forward with more kindness toward a child.
However, should you happen to need an ulterior motive for being kind, one does exist. It's good for your health!
According to mayoclinic.com, "Kindness has been shown to increase self-esteem, empathy and compassion, and improve mood. It can decrease blood pressure and cortisol, a hormone directly correlated with stress levels. Endorphins, your body's natural painkiller, also may be released when you show kindness."
Also according to mayoclinic.com, "Kindness can positively change your brain by boosting levels of serotonin and dopamine."
Kindness is so good for our wellbeing that the Mayo Clinic even has a Kickstart Kindness program. You can find a link to it at the end of this article.
Ways to celebrate World Kindness Day...
This article offers up 9 ways to celebrate the day - not just today, but all year long.
So go out today and be kind. Perform random acts of kindness should you find the opportunity. And watch for other people's acts of kindness. When you catch someone at it, it's sure to make you smile.
Meanwhile, remember to be kind to yourself, not just everyone else!
No beating yourself up over something you did or didn't do. At least not today!