Now I am not saying you should ignore acts of kindness to others, but hey, what about yourself? Let’s use this week of Thanksgiving to give ourselves a little kindness. Kindness in an unexpected, random way will feel like a surprise to your inner child and help you add balance to your life during the holidays.
According to Lauren E.Miller, stress expert and a breast cancer survivor, scientific studies reveal a strong link between gratitude and random acts of kindness and overall good health, including stress reduction, inner peace and happiness. Some of the physiological benefits to this experience include:
- Increased immune system
- Improved cognitive performance
- Increase in energy
- Lower heart rate
- Balanced cortisol levels which result in less internal stress
- More likely to live a longer and more satisfied life
- Laughter and inner joy resulting in decreased stress hormones; lower blood pressure; diminished pain
Here are some ideas of Random Acts of Kindness to Yourself:
- Walking by a window and seeing your reflection say “I am more than my reflection” instead of going to negative body talk
- Get out of work one hour early this week and take yourself to a park or a beautiful street and notice the colors around you
- In the middle of a stressful day, watch a Youtube that makes you laugh
- Acknowledge a small success and celebrate by snuggling in with a good book for a 1/2 hour or so
Treat yourself with kindness and remember all the positive physical benefits as well as fun it can offer.
What is a Random Act of Kindness you can do for yourself this week?