I have found so much kindness in the blogging community. When I’m struggling, I can always count on getting words of support. When I’m feeling discouraged about blogging or anything else, I always get lovely words of encouragement. The kindness that we show each other is one of the things that makes the blogging community, and there truly are no small acts of kindness.
As a nurse, my job is to be kind to my patients, but for me, it’s so much for than just a job; it’s why I’m passionate about my chosen career. And kindness is one of those things that when it’s given, it multiplies and tends to come back to you. One of my former patients was very fearful about a particular procedure, but I was able to set his mind at ease and make it easy for him. As a thank you, he gave me an amazing wildlife photo he had taken, which now hangs on my bedroom wall.
Sometimes kindness turns up unexpectedly, whether that’s someone picking up something you’ve dropped, or complimenting you just when you most need to hear it. Even though Western society is very individualistic, and mental illness is often so very isolating, kindness can help to break down some of those barriers.
For a very cute take on loving-kindness meditation, check out this video from Greater Good at UC Berkeley:
Benefits of kindness
According to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, these are some of the benefits of kindness:
- releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin, which also lowers blood pressure
- boosts energy
- stimulates the brain’s reward centre
- produces endorphins, which decrease pain
- decreases levels to the stress hormone cortisol
- decreased anxiety and depression
- promotes happiness
Quotes on Kindness
Kindness is the language which the deaf can see hear and the blind can see.Mark Twain
Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.Joseph Joubert
The true greatness of a person, in my view, is evident in the way he or she treats those with whom courtesy and kindness are not required.Joseph B. Wirthlin
Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.Scott Adams
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.Aesop
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.His Holiness the Dalai Lama
How is kindness important in your life?