What is free, never-ending, a gift, and key to positive mental health?
The answer to the above question is kindness.
Since 1998, the world recognizes November 13th as World Kindness Day. The United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and the U.A.E rally behind this international holiday and use it as a reminder of the importance of kindness in all aspects of life. Countless articles educate and inspire readers to utilize kindness when interacting with others and the world in general. However, while you’re offering kindness to others, remember to give kindness to yourself as well.
The Psychological & Biological Effects of Kindness
PIH Health made a powerful argument in the case of kindness when they said the following: “A life not lived for others is not a life,” observed Mother Teresa. There may be truth to this, according to Mental Health America. Psychologically, acts of kindness make us feel grateful, empathetic, and compassionate. These are positive feelings that give us a sense of belonging and community. Biologically, kindness releases chemicals like the “love hormone,” oxytocin, which helps us form social bonds based on trust.
Dartmouth joins PIH Health on the Kindness Bandwagon,