This week, the first of the holidays, we’re focusing on the word ‘KIND.’

As Henry James said: “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”

The hashtag #BeKind has been diluted over the last few years due to its overuse, however, the sentiment still stands, both to yourself and others.

Outside the world of social media, whether you are giving, are on the receiving end or a witness to acts of kindness, there are many proven benefits. Obviously, you may have already considered some of them, for example often the response to you being kind to somebody is them being kind back. That may not be the reason you choose to be kind, but it’s a nice result, nevertheless.

We all know that kindness can make you, and others, feel good. It can also improve relationships which will directly boost your mood.

However, there are other benefits which are more surprising still. For example, when you are kind, you boost your body’s levels of serotonin which is the key hormone when it comes to stabilising our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness.

It is thought that being kind slows down the aging process and can lower levels of cortisol – also known as the stress hormone – and increase endorphins. Kindness can increase levels of oxytocin, known as the love or heart hormone which can help lower blood pressure, therefore increasing your life expectancy.

There is also the impact it has on your day-to-day mentality. In 2019 Mark Kelly, an award winning podcaster, gave a TedX talk about how one act of kindness a day changed his life in terms of happiness and productivity, and how it can change yours. Why not give it a watch and try it for yourself?

This week’s activity sheet contains activities to help encourage your family members to be kind, both to themselves and those around them. Give it a go…

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