Kindness is like magic. It changes one thing into another.
Never underestimate the power of a kind word, or a gesture that shows you care, you’re listening, or you’re here if needed. A small thing for you might be a huge thing for someone else.
One of the things I think we don’t realise is that most words and acts of kindness have unforeseen effects. Rarely are you able to witness how that little light you brought to someone’s day actually went on to brighten someone else’s day. That’s the ripple effect of kindness.
Next time you help someone in any way, the chances are they will go onto help someone else that day, whether in a kind act, or by listening, being patient, showing compassion, in their words, or even in their prayers.
David will cover how kindness impacts mental health (improves happiness, protects against depression) and even how it directly impacts the brain. He also explains how kindness impacts physical health (blood pressure, immune system, etc) and can even slow some aspects of the ageing process. We will discuss the importance of self kindness, what it looks like and share ways of how to practice it. Finally how kindness is highly contagious (very high R number) and even when we don’t realise it, our little kindnesses very often have unforeseen effects that we never hear of.
The self kindness bit also creates an opportunity to talk a wee bit about self esteem.