April 28, 2020
Why kindness is good for you and others
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart
Engaging in a kind act increases our positive affect and reduces anxiety. Helping others changes our focus from our own difficulties and better equips us to cope with stressors.
Studies show that being kind to ourselves or to anyone else boosts happiness and, in the workplace, fosters a sense of inclusion, improves our bonds with others, increases productivity and most importantly builds trust among ourselves. So, here are three small acts of kindness that you can try this week:
Give a genuine compliment to someone.
Small acts of kindness every day can help others feel the desire to do the same.
Find an opportunity to thank or recognize a co-worker or employee.
Practice gratitude. Simply notice the people and the things we are thankful for every day.
Help a neighbour or co-worker.
At this time, some of our neighbours or coworkers might need a helping hand.
Below you will find 'kindness cards' to leave in the mailbox or doorstep.
If you have two minutes today, watch this short video “The Science of Kindness” from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9UByLyOjBM, or you can read more here: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/the-science-of-kindness.
The Well-being Task Force
Faculty of Medicine
-Lyubomirsky, S., Tkach, C., & Sheldon, K. M. (2004). Pursuing sustained happiness through random acts of kindness and counting one's blessings: Tests of two six-week interventions. Unpublished data, Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside.
-Peterson, C., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2004). Character strengths and virtues: A handbook and classification. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association/New York: Oxford University Press.
Kindness cards: kindness-cards