Have you heard of the random acts of kindness movement? The premise is simple. Perform a small but meaningful action that will positively impact the life of another human being. It can be something as small as opening the door for a stranger, or as large as your imagination can take you. Although we hear stories most often of interactions between strangers, you can choose to help a neighbor, friend or family member as well.
How does kindness relate to stress? When you perform an act of kindness, a chemical reaction is created in your brain that releases a flood of oxycotin and dopamine, chemicals that are responsible for emotional well-being and feelings of positivity. It also can help foster social contact through positive interactions which can improve emotional well-being and decrease feelings of isolation and depression.
Wondering how you can get started? Try visiting the Random Acts Of Kindness Foundation’s website http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/ for daily kindness ideas and to get inspiration for your own random acts.
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 King, Mary. “Acts of Kindness Relieve Stress & Improve Health.” Retrieved fromhttp://suite101.com/a/acts-of-kindness-relieve-stress-improve-health-a131071 on October 7, 2013.