Why Practice Kindness?

Kind and compassionate acts carry with them their own reward.

by Michael Corthell

A 2010 Harvard Business School survey of happiness in 136 countries found that people who are altruistic—in this case, people who were generous financially, such as with charitable donations—were happiest overall.

Research has demonstrated that acts of kindness can minimize the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as increase your self-esteem, energy, and optimism. And feeling calmer and happier, it’s good for your physical health too! Kindness also helps lower blood pressure, reduce pain, and improve overall heart health.

“Be kind. It's worthwhile to make an effort to learn
 about other people and figure out what you might have in common with them.”
― Viggo Mortensen

You don’t even have to be the one doing or receiving an act of kindness to feel the positive effects. 

Simply seeing a kind act, can get you health and feel-good benefits. Studies also show that kindness is contagious. Whether you see, do, or receive an act of kindness, you’re more likely to pay it forward.

Ways to Practice Kindness

If you’re thinking that acts of kindness require time and money, you'd be wrong.  Consider that sometimes inaction can be the easiest way to practice kindness. Have you ever seen something that you find ridiculous or appalling on social media? Skip writing a snarky comment. Did someone cut you off in traffic or not let you in? Ignore them. Focus on adding positive energy to the world instead.

Kindness Toward Animals

Could it be that the key to world peace can be unlocked by animals? Going vegan is one of the primary keys to creating a peaceful, thriving world. Go HERE to find out all the information you need.


How one act of kindness a day can change your life