Jan 30, 2023 February 2023: Random Acts of Kindness

man holding a door open for a woman

We can’t go online or turn on the TV without seeing some tragic headline. However, if you read the full story, you’ll usually find out about kind bystanders, neighbors, or public servants who made a difference by saving lives or comforting those directly impacted.

These are high-profile instances that attest to the fact that kindness matters. But big acts of kindness are not required to help make someone’s day or bring a smile to someone’s face. Holding the door for the person behind you, letting someone go in front of you at the store, allowing another driver out of a parking lot or just a friendly smile can help bring joy to someone else.

Kindness not only helps the receiver, it also helps the giver and anyone else who witnesses a thoughtful act. From reducing pain and blood pressure to increasing happiness and even lengthening your life, kindness pays dividends for all involved.

Read on to learn more about the science behind the benefits of kindness and register for the Random Acts of Kindness seminar on Tuesday, February 21st at 4:00PM.

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The Science of Kindness

Your mother likely sent you to school with the guidance to be nice to the other kids. Now, research shows how right she was! Kindness increases:

  • Energy
  • Happiness
  • Pleasure
  • Oxytocin – A naturally occurring hormone that reduces blood pressure and improves heart health, self-esteem, and optimism
  • Serotonin – produces calm, helps heal wounds, and increases happiness
  • Lifespan – People 55 + who volunteer have a 44% lower chance of dying early.

Read more from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

Register for the Random Acts of Kindness seminar!

Kindness benefits the receiver, the giver, and everyone who just witnesses a thoughtful gesture. Join Dr. Fred Foley for a deeper dive into the what, why, and how to brighten someone else’s day and start a virtuous circle of kindness. Each month we’ll celebrate one day from the National Day Calendar with an all-employee program on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 4:00 PM. Click here to register.

You can also request other seminar topics for your workgroup. Check out our seminar page on our website to review the list. To ask for a seminar for your team, click here.

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