Random Acts of Kindness


Simple acts of kindness can significantly improve our mood, immune function, help prevent heart disease, reduce stress and irritability, and recent studies show it is even able to slow down the ageing process. Paul Pearsall, a Ph.D. in psychology living in Hawaii, writes in his book The Pleasure Prescription “Modern research shows one of the most pleasurable of all human acts is also one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself and for others. Gentle, caring selflessness acts offer significant health benefits.”

Throughout Pearsalls book, he mentions the following benefits of practicing kindness for health, wellbeing and happiness;
* A more optimistic and happier outlook on life
* A heightened sense of well being
* A sense of exhilaration and euphoria
* An increase in energy
* A feeling of being healthy
* Decreased feelings of loneliness, depression and helplessness
* A sense of connectedness with others
* A greater sense of calmness and relaxation
* Increased longevity
* Better weight control
* An improvement in insomnia
* A stronger immune system
* A reduction in pain
* Increased body warmth
* A healthier cardiovascular system (reduction of high blood pressure, improved circulation, reduced coronary disease)
* A reduction of excessive stomach acid
* A decrease of oxygen requirement
* Relief from arthritis and asthma
* Speedier recovery from surgery
* Reduced cancer activity

Throughout your busy day, remain mindful of the effect your actions or mood have on other people. Offer a simple act of kindness, change someone else’s day for the better and enjoy the positive changes in yourself.

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