IT’S TIME TO BE KIND. 2017 “The Year of Being Kind”
With all the political turmoil and difference of opinions, it seems our society could use a little more kindness more than ever. Imagine in 2017, if we lived in a world where everyone is just a little nicer. More kindness can help our communities and society thrive .
Being kind is an essential way to bring meaning into our own lives and in the lives of others.
Kindness allows for better communication, more compassion, and positivity in people’s lives.
Kindness is especially important in the healthcare/care giving field. When patients receive kinder treatment from medical staff such as better communication or making an honest effort to get to know patients, they have less anxiety, pain and shorter hospital stays. In turn, Doctors, Nurses and Caregivers feel more engaged and less exhausted.
There are many reasons to be kind & they include
Give & You Shall Receive
Kindness makes us happier and benefits our hearts. Research shows individuals’ happiness increase with performing acts of kindness.
Being Kind Will Help You Live Longer
Practicing kindness will reduce your stress– It’s difficult to be angry, resentful or fearful when showing unselfish love towards another.
Some remarkable benefits can be reaped by those who engage in kindness. In one 2003 study, University of Michigan psychologist Dr Stephanie Brown found that people who regularly offered practical help to others had a lower risk of dying over a five-year period than those who did not.
Kindness has a Positive Impact on your Brain
Kindness makes us and others feel good; it’s a natural high! Studies have shown a direct link between kindness and releasing dopamine (a feel-good endorphin and mood elevating neurotransmitter). It has been found, helpers felt a distinct physical sensation when being kind. They reported feeling a “helpers high” and/or more energetic, warm, calmer and greater self-worth.
Kindness, Happiness & a Positive Attitude are Contagious
Kindness inspires more kindness. When someone witnesses an act of kindness, they are automatically encouraged to act in the same way. Think about when someone gives money or donates, you almost feel obligated to do the same; hence “Pay it Forward”. Generosity and graciousness make our world a kinder place to live in.
It Comes without a Cost
Kindness shares another characteristic of happiness. Both can’t be bought. Research has found that people prefer to do good for their own sake.
“People enjoy being kind to others much as they enjoy eating ice-cream. It gives us pleasure.”
Practice the philosophy of kindness and you will retrain your brain and alter your mind. This will make for a better relationship with yourself and with others. This is guaranteed to bring greater happiness and joy into your life.
Do things different this year. Here are some ways to act kind:
Visit a friend or volunteer at a facility or hospital
Participate in a Random Act of Kindness
Adopt a shelter dog or cat
Join an organization that helps the homeless, battered women and/or children
Listen to the elderly, make them feel important / don’t treat them as obsoletes
Donate old clothes or belongings
Pay for someone in line behind you
Praise someone at work for a job well done
Send someone you know going through a difficult time a card or batch of homemade cookies
Teach kindness to someone else
Step into someone’s shoes before judging a person
Lastly, when being kind it is important to remember “you shouldn’t be kind just to get what you want”.
Dr. Kay got her medical education in Brazil.
Dr. Kay also has a master degree in Film and Television from UCLA and has been an adviser for medical television shows.
Dr. Kay is very active in the Health Industry. She is a member of the American Board of Home Care, the National Association of Home Care, CAHSAH, California Association of Health Services at Home. She co-chairs the education committee for the Down with Falls Coalition. Dr. Kay is in the speaker’s bureau for the coalition helping educate health care professionals and the community on fall risks, diabetes, adverse drug reaction, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dehydration and nutrition, etc…. for older adults.
Dr. Kay was nominated by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) as the Remarkable Woman of 2008.
Dr. Kay is actively involved in many philanthropy and non-profit organizationssuch as the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, the Philharmonic Society, Women Helping Women, Youth Employment Services, E-Women, Women Sage, Plasticos Foundation, CIELO and others.
Dr. Kay’s passion is to assist seniors to live long and thrive in the comfort of their own home.
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