Of late, through your submissions to the Random acts of kindness project we have reached 30 ideas. Of this, 8 kind blogger badges (how do I win a badge?) have been awarded. The above arrangement of thumbnails represents the acts of kindness collected since December 2007. Click on each thumbnail to reveal the act of kindness. From there it is possible to navigate by pressing the daisy each time. Please do take time to be inspired and please take these away with you to act upon them. Remember….
Do acts of kindness need to be random or can they be part of daily life? The New Horizons Project has a worthwhile post considering acts of kindness in a new light.
“It can often be difficult to find others performing acts of kindness in today’s society as we seem to be developing a culture of personal advance and success to the detriment of others…If you look closely, though, you will find that there is a group of people who perform acts of kindness everyday without a second thought for their own well-being or safety.” (full article)
Readers are also directed to Kindness@work to submit their stories for publication in an e-book. Please support this worthwhile cause and share your stories, however small.
Did you know performing random acts of kindness potentially has health benefits? In a worthwhile article Health on the hill has summarised some of these:
Helper’s high – Often times, do-gooders experience a rush of euphoria, followed by a period of calm. This sensation releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.
Diminishes stress-related health problems – By helping others, you are likely to reverse feelings of depression, hostility and isolation, which means you are less likely to experience stress or ulcers. For some, a reduction in stress helps to decrease lung constriction, which often leads to asthma attacks.
The benefits return – When you remember the kind act, the health benefits and sense of well-being can return for hours or days.
Happy thoughts – Helping can enhance feelings of joyfulness, emotional resilience, vigor and optimism.
Affiliative connection – This term refers to the creation of a positive relationship with someone, and such connections strengthen the immune system.
Of late, there have been some interesting additions to the Dont be sad network. At the moment, the network is a small collection of links to blogs that support Dont be sad. What the network definitely isn’t, is a community.Perhaps that is something as individuals on the network we might aspire too- being a community?
Following this aspiration, why not take some initial steps. If we don’t know our neighbours, there can never be a sense of belonging or community. So, visit your neighbours.
Look up your blog under the letters (join up, if you aren’t listed)
Visit your neighbours. These are the blogs listed above and/or below you
On your visit do take the time to leave a comment otherwise your neighbour won’t know you’ve visited!
Over time conversations will spark and new bridges will be built. This aspiration cannot be realised without your participation. Please don’t wait for your neighbour to visit you. Go ahead and be the first one- you will be remembered for it.
Please do share your experiences with us here in the comments.