The Benefits Of Random Acts Of Kindness
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” —Aesop
In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Day, we’ve come up with even more reasons for you to join us in celebrating this National Awareness day on February 17, both in your personal and professional life. When kindness is at the core of your business, your company embodies trust, inclusion and commitment. This fosters a culture that is conducive to both employees and clients.
Often we think of acts of kindness as something we inherently do throughout the day, but it’s not often that simple. Do you always go to help when someone drops something, or do you wait for someone else to do it? Do you ever buy coffee for the next person in line at the Starbucks drive-through? Give that homeless man or woman a couple of dollars? Or even just compliment someone on their outfit? If you haven’t done any of those things in a while, it may be time to integrate more kindness into your life -- and what better opportunity to do so than this year’s Random Acts of Kindness Day!
“We cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love” —Mother Teresa
Kindness is not only good for the recipient, but also for the one performing an act of kindness. Kindness is, in fact, linked to feelings of happiness and content on psychological and spiritual levels. Performing random acts of kindness promote feelings of gratitude, empathy, and compassion. The response is a feeling of connection with others and the world around you, as you make conscious choices to make the world a better place by lightening the moods of others.
Practicing kindness is also great for business! Studies have shown that leaders who take responsibility and lead with kindness operate up to 80% more effective than those who choose blame and fear-based strategies.
Benefits of practicing random acts of kindness include:
- Increased feelings of meaning and purpose. Participating in acts of kindness can lead you to discover your true purpose. Pay attention to moments in which you feel the urge to reach out and make a kind gesture, as it could be an awakening to your true calling.
- Increased employee motivation and retention. Treating employees with compassion and kindness makes them even more motivated to reach goals and stay at your company.
- Decreased stress levels. There is actual science-based data that shows that kindness can lower cortisol. The next time you’re feeling stressed or anxious, looking for an opportunity to be kind could be your go-to stress reliever.
- A better sense of connectedness. Doing something good for others creates bonds and connections that help reduce feelings of depression and isolation.
- It makes you feel good. Helping others can give you a “helper’s high,” as increased levels of dopamine and serotonin are released when activated by positive thoughts that result in acts of kindness.
- Improves your immune system and makes you healthier. Being kind is good for a healthy heart. It lowers your blood pressure, lowers stress, improves social anxiety and more. It’s one of the most affordable ways to stay healthy!
- It increases the quality of your relationships. The selfless act of helping another makes the recipient of your kindness feel appreciated. Practicing kindness with your friends and family will improve the quality of your relationships dramatically.
The benefits of being kind far outweigh the need to hold onto grudges, resentment, and fear. By getting into the habit of giving to others, lending an ear and a shoulder, we humanize ourselves and others. This lifts our collective spirits and creates good in the world on all levels.
When you participate in #RandomActsOfKindnessDay, here are some ways you can brighten someone’s day:
- Compliment a stranger.
- Pick up something a person dropped.
- Leave a generous tip.
- Help out a co-worker on a project.
- Bring flowers (or wine!) to a friend.
- Smile at a stranger.
- Buy a co-worker a cup of coffee.
- Volunteer your time at a local charity.
- Offer a meal for someone less fortunate.
- Do something for someone without them asking.
- Surprise a loved one by making their routine easier.
- Offer an ear to a co-worker.
These are just some ideas to get started! If you’re working in a corporate environment, opportunities to be kind will appear throughout your workday. Look for those who need help and more than likely they will be there when you need them as well. Just one act of kindness creates a ripple effect.
“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” —Seneca
This February 17 and every day, join us in casting a stone to create a ripple effect of kindness the whole world can feel.
Ilana Tel-Oren is a freelance writer, content and project producer with a bath and body side-hustle that advocates self-love and self-care (www.stardustcoven.com). She writes content including web pages, blogs, and social media posts for clients in health and wellness, consulting and small business. She is also a contributing writer for music sites Buzzbands.la and mxdwn.