Kindness Improves Your Health

February 23, 2012 · 5 comments

This article encourages using kindness to enhance good health. Kindness by doctors, kindness by the person who is ill, kindness by caregivers. All of us  have the power to make someone feel better. Simple acts of kindness can have a positive impact on our health. Everyone involved has the potential to benefit by giving and receiving kindness.

There are times in all of our lives when being kind to ourselves and others is not a priority. We may feel consumed by stress, fear, worry and doubt. It could be our health or the health of a loved one that has put us into a depressed mood. Or we could be an overworked professional caring for others but finding it hard to smile, reassure, and communicate with kindness. Being kind is not difficult. The more you practice, the easier it becomes.

Kindness in the simplest sense is a positive transmission from you to another. That transmission can be a verbal or non-verbal communication that is sent by you to them. For a silent communication that is kind, consider how good a smile can feel. There are times when the grey foggy clouds of winter disappear for a brief couple of seconds when you are showered with a deliberate warm smile. And, that silent communication is as good for the person sending it. Why? Because they are digging inside of themselves to show a warm, caring, kind gesture. For some of us smiling might feel awkward, especially with people we don’t know well. There are people who pout or go through life rarely smiling. So using those muscles feels strange. Good. Let it feel strange. Send that smile. It can make the recipient feel better. It can make another person feel like they matter. Affirmation is such an important and often lost form of kindness. Yet it is so basic to the fabric of who we are and the way we connect with others.

A simple verbal form of kindness is asking “how are you,” “how do you feel,”? “what’s new in life”?  But, don’t just ask. Stay around and listen for the answer. Sometimes with illness there is a heightened feeling of isolation. When someone asks about us in a simple straightforward manner it can break through an emotional wall. It is a form of kindness that sends the message that the other person counts.

I know from personal experience that when I slow down and treat others kindly, they react with positive emotion. It makes a difference. And when I have been absorbed with pain, and certain people treated me with verbal kindness, I felt much better. It helped me shift into a more positive mindset. Every little kindness picks us up. Communicating with warmth and caring improves our emotional well being and health.

There are so many ways we can all manifest simple forms of kindness. Send a person you know a smile and a good word. Ask how they are. Make the effort and see how good it makes you both feel.

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donna February 24, 2012 at 4:13 am

Makes perfect sense to me…thanks for taking the time to put into words a simple but sometimes difficult practice…with so much happening on computer and cell phones and ipads etc…I wonder if the lack of seeing someone’s face will eventually decrease the amount of time we smile at someone in a day.

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Marylynn February 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Thanks Jeffrey! This is a simple yet powerful practice!

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Sunni Morris January 27, 2013 at 3:20 am

Jeffrey,

I definitely agree with you here about acts of kindness. So often all of us today are caught up in our daily lives and so forget the simple things in life that can mean so much to others, making us feel good at the same time.

Sunni

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Arlee Bird February 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm

So true! After all, the opposite of kindness only serves to stir negative feelings of frustration, anger, depression, and other reactions which translate into bad stress. And I think we all know that bad stress (as opposed to good productive stress) is very unhealthy.

Not many of us can refuse to be at least thawed a bit by a smile and a kind word.

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Ruqaiya April 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm

So true! I completely agree! As it is sais a smile not only refreshes you it also encourages you to work more! :)

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