Act with Intentional Kindness
The phrase random acts of kindness has become a part of our vocabulary. It brings to mind people being kind to strangers almost as if they were caught up in a moment of generosity. Then there are others who seem to be more purposeful in their kindness making it part of their everyday life.
Becoming a person who regularly participates in acts of intentional kindness can benefit those around you, but it can contribute to your physical and mental health as well.
Intentional kindness can:
- Decrease blood pressure
- Reduce stress and stress hormones
- Improve self esteem
- Increase social interaction
- Boost positive chemicals in the brain that improve mood and increase a sense of well being
Give the gift of intentional kindness to yourself and others this holiday season! Here are a few suggestions to begin:
- Make a point to do one intentional act of kindness each day.
- Give a compliment.
- Let someone go ahead of you in line
- Listen to someone without interruption