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Kindness: it doesn’t cost much but it yields more


   It is not common to hear people talk about kindness. Everyone is consumed by their hustle and getting ahead that helping anyone out is either a waste of time or is mandated to yield some form of immediate return.

   November 13 was instituted in 1998 as World Kindness Day. You may think it is weird that an entire day is set aside for something so ‘trivial’ but then you would be shocked how much of a difference kindness can make.
    In fact, scientifically speaking, when kindness is demonstrated, either as gratitude or compassion, it tends to facilitate the release of dopamine and serotonin which are feel-good hormones. On the other hand, those who get into arguments, demonstrate jealousy, anger are most likely to abound in cortisol which, in the long run, may lead to a weakened immune system.
   So you see those people who are sickly? Some of them just need to show a little more kindness to others and they will be fine. Rather than focusing so much on yourself and what you can gain from others, seek to impart. You don’t have to go out of your way sometimes; just being polite or nice is good enough.
    Today, I am setting you on a Kindness Challenge. It could be any of the following:
1. Do something small, but nice for someone without waiting for that person to ask. For example, opening the door for someone and running an errand for a loved one.
2. Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time.
3. Donate to a worthy cause (maybe your time, skills, or money).
4. Forgive someone who has wronged you
5. Look in the mirror and pay yourself a few heartfelt compliments or if you have been working really hard, buy yourself something (yes, you can be kind to yourself too).
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