Did you know there are proven health benefits to performing acts of kindness?
Yep. You heard that right. Let me say it one more time so it sinks in…
Performing acts of kindness, no matter how small, have proven health benefits.
These benefits include:
- Increase in happiness
- Natural boost to energy levels
- Increase in serotonin (the feel-good chemical that heals wounds, calms you down, and makes you happy!)
- A longer lifespan – AND – slows the aging process
- Increase in oxytocin (known as the ‘love hormone’, which increases self-esteem and optimism)
- Kindness makes for better relationships
- And can decrease levels of pain, stress, anxiety, depression and blood pressure.
Kindness is also contagious. Have you ever seen an act of kindness and felt compelled to do something nice for someone else? That’s because witnessing an act of kindness improves mood and makes you more likely to “pay it forward”. Which means one act of kindness in a public place can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!
The bottom line: Not only will performing acts of kindness make you “feel” better emotionally, but it can actually increase happiness levels and add years to your life.
The best part is, kindness is teachable. A lot like working out, we can actually build up our children’s compassion ‘muscle’ by giving them opportunities to practice. Which brings me to today’s kindness project: Acts of Kindness Cards for kids.
My son and I created these cards during our holiday “Act of Kindness” challenge (you can view the challenge here). We created twelve cards, each one with a simple act of kindness written on it.
The goal was to select one card per day, and perform the task on it.
At the end of the challenge, my son had worked out his “kindness muscle” and performed twelve acts of kindness. Some were as simple as “smile at five people today” while another encouraged him to “write a positive note to two people”.
I can promise you one thing: none of these were too hard or took too much time. But they all gave him a visible boost of happiness and elevated his mood.
I love this project, because it taught my child that everyone can afford to give kindness, no matter their age or social standing. It was also a great family project we got to experience together.
We plan on doing this project again leading up to my son’s birthday, as a creative twist on a birthday countdown.
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You can teach your child all about kindness and the benefits it brings, with our Act of Kindness cards. You can view the cards in full detail here, or pick up your own downloadable copy below:
Remember the wise words: “The world is full of good people. If you can’t find one, be one.” Happy creating!