Hi Kindness seeker
To make your journey as exciting, successful and easy as possible, we have prepared some basic information to get you started - including scientific benefits of practicing kindness, handy tips and a how-to guide for your daily progress. We want to emphasize that this is not a miraculous bracelet - but it is a very powerful reminder to practice kindness every time you see, touch or feel the bracelet, supporting you in creating your own happiness by reaping the amazing benefits of your daily practice.
SCIENTIFIC BENEFITS OF KINDNESS
From fewer health issues to increased happiness, kindness is associated with numerous incredible benefits for your physical and emotional well-being. In fact, according to research, kindness can even make you live longer!
1. Happiness boost
Kindness can greatly improve our mood and makes us happier, thanks to the release of serotonin, a happiness hormone which enhances positive emotions like joy and satisfaction, also known as the “helper’s high.
Kindness helps us develop stronger, deeper and more meaningful relationships with people around us as we become more compassionate, caring and kind-hearted.
3. Health benefits
Research suggests that kindness can contribute to immune system boost, decreased blood pressure and lower risk of heart disease, cancer and obesity, all due to the release of hormone oxytocin that reduces inflammation.
4. Increased mental health
According to studies, engaging in prosocial behaviour like performing acts of kindness can help us better cope with stress and reduce feelings of depression and anxiety.
Studies have shown that being kind can slow ageing, extending your lifespan and supporting you not only to live longer, but also better and healthier.
6. Ripple effect
Kindness has a positive impact on the receiver as well as on the giver, making it a win-win situation for everyone involved. Moreover, being kind inspires others to do the same, causing a ripple effect which helps make the world a kinder and better place.
Use those tips to practice Kindness
Develop a habit
According to Dr. IsHak, acts of kindness boost the release of our happiness hormones for just a few minutes, which is why it is essential to turn it into a daily practice and repeat it as many times as possible for a long-lasting effect.
Start by being kind to yourself
To fully benefit from a life of kindness, it is crucial to also treat yourself in the same caring and loving way as you do others, taking good care of yourself, showing yourself compassion and fully accepting yourself.
Be the change you want to see
Kindness is most easily achieved by treating others as we want others to treat ourselves, imagining a world you want to live in and then acting accordingly - if you want a gentler and kinder world, you can start by being gentler and kinder yourself, keeping in mind that each of us has the power to help change the world into a better place for all.
Go around and give encouragement on a daily basis. It’s a great habit to get into. People are so used to being surrounded by negativity and criticism and being told what they can't do. How about we go out and show them what they can do.
(Youtube: Try this kindness experiment - Motivation with Jay Shetty)
The science of Kindness
If other people see you helping someone else, they will be filled with “good hormones”. It is significantly more likely that they will do the same thing in the future.
Like taking that extra moment to hold the elevator for someone.
Giving your neighbor a hand with their groceries.
Even just smiling, and meaning it.
Those random acts of kindness can start a chain reaction that can spread across the entire community, a county. And with enough of us, the world. And it all starts with one.
(Youtube: The science of kindness)
60 seconds of kindness
It takes 60 seconds to send a message expressing gratitude and appreciation; those 60 seconds can go a long way to spread kindness in the world. Make sending a sincerely kind message to friends, coworkers, family members, community leaders, etc. a daily habit.
You can practice kindness with simple, yet influential affirmations. Although their impact may seem a bit far-fetched to some, they have actually been scientifically proven to help you reprogram your brains, changing your mindset by teaching your brain to perceive the world in a more positive, hopeful and empowering way. Here is a list of a few kindness affirmations you can begin with:
Here are some people you could follow for additional daily inspiration