David Hamilton Phd
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.
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.
But rest assured you have much more of an effect on society than you think.
I believe that even our honest, heartfelt prayers are felt by people. It’s in our prayers that we can practice ‘kindfulness’, holding kind thoughts and sentiments for others, wishing them health and happiness. I believe a kind prayer will always be felt. It might not always produce the result that YOU want, but the sentiment will be felt on some level regardless. Sometimes, it’s not so much what you pray for that matters, but THAT you pray, especially if your focus is coloured with kindness.
Here’s a wee bit about me. My first degree is in chemistry, where I specialised in biological and medicinal chemistry and obtained a First Class honours degree. My PhD is in organic chemistry. Following that, I spent 4 years in the pharmaceutical industry where I was developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer.
I had a particular fascination with the placebo effect so I began to research it in my spare time, uncovering a wealth of facts about the mind-body connection and how it works. Realising there wasn’t much public understanding of the mind-body connection at the time, I resigned from the pharmaceutical industry with a goal of writing books and educating people on how they can harness their mind and emotions to optimise and improve their health and wellbeing. That was in 1999.
Incidentally, during my time in the pharmaceutical industry, I was also an athletics coach and team manager of one of the UK’s largest athletics clubs (Sale Harriers, Manchester), where I led the U20 Men’s team to three successive UK championship finals.
I am now author of 10 books, including, ‘The Little Book of Kindness’, ‘How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body’, the Amazon No.1 bestseller, ‘I Heart Me’, and the Amazon top 5 bestseller, ‘The Five Side Effects of Kindness’.
This evening David will be sharing about the Magic of Kindness as well as any relevant information that comes up during the Q&A’s.