Random Acts of Kindness to Yourself

By Darla Breckenridge on 11/21/2011
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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?

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