Kindness is a trait many people consider key to being a “good person,” but it can be taken for granted. The importance of being kind often becomes clearer when we experience kindness from another person.
Being treated with kindness can improve a person’s mood. In addition, treating others with kindness may increase happiness and self-esteem in the person doing the action. This may even start a chain reaction of kindness among a group!
The following quotes highlight the impact kindness and compassion may have. While the idea of kindness may seem trite to some, its effects when in action can be quite powerful. Spread some kindness and positivity by sharing one of these quotes with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Or keep one as a reminder to yourself to practice kindness daily.
It is possible that people may receive positivity in return when they are kind to someone else. One study highlighted this fact. It found that performing random acts of kindness was linked to a decrease in symptoms for people with social anxiety.
Being kind to others may directly impact mental health. People with mental health issues may be particularly vulnerable to negativity from others. A kind word or smile might reinforce to someone that the world can be a positive place and that they are valued by others. This may help ward off feelings of hopelessness that can characterize conditions like depression.
A good therapist knows how to practice kindness. They often strive to use kindness and compassion as they explore mental health issues with people in therapy. If you feel you could benefit from speaking to a professional about mental health, you can start searching for a therapist here.
Dallas, M. (2015, July 10). For those with social anxiety, acts of kindness may be therapeutic. Retrieved from http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2015/07/10/for-those-with-social-anxiety-acts-of-kindness-may-be-therapeutic
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