Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day
someone might do the same for you.
Princess Diana, Princess of Wales
Blessings are short and sweet – and long lasting.
Just as the blessing of kindness.
According to Dr David Hamilton, kindness is contagious, it is good for relationships, it slows ageing, is good for the heart and makes us happier.
Kindness lasts. When you do a kindly deed, people remember it. Its effect prevails.
The benefits of constant kindness include the following:-
A greater sense of calmness and relaxation
A heightened immune system
A heightened sense of wellbeing
A more optimistic and happier outlook on life
A reduction in pain
A reduction of excessive stomach acid
A sense of connectedness with others
A sense of exhilaration and euphoria
An increase in energy
Better cardiovascular health
Better weight control
Decreased feelings of loneliness, depression and helplessness
Reduced cancer activity
Relief from arthritis and asthma
Speedier recovery from surgery
The more kindness you give, the more is returned to you.
How often do you offer kindness?
Where and when do you withhold kindness? And why?
Every night when you settle down to do an inventory on the day just passed, reflect on all the day had to offer and all that you accomplished, and notice that the parts that really mattered were the parts where you exuded kindness.
More important than the deadlines you meet, the work that you’ve done, and whether you have pursued your passions or not, the real test is – were you kind.
If you’re going to be known for anything, be known for your kindness first and foremost.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.