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Top 10 Ways to Have a Great Day
by Jessica Hines | Feb 12, 2018    Share

Acts of KindnessAesop said it best, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Kindness, the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate, has an abundance of physical and mental health benefits. Whether you are the giver or receiver, kindness impacts everyone on a deep level.

“There are several studies which indicate that symptoms of anxiety and depression improve, as well as overall quality of life when small acts of kindness are performed,” said Marcia Wiinamaki, PsyD, Director of Southwestern Medical Clinic Christian Counseling and Psychological Services. “When we do kind things for others, we experience increased positive moods and a greater sense of happiness, which positively impacts our overall mental health and well-being.”

When we perform acts of kindness, the levels of the love hormone, oxytocin, are increased. This increases human trust and pro-social influences, improves relaxation, and reduces aggression. In other words, we feel happier and more relaxed when we do nice things for other people.

Being kind to others is fairly easy and even the smallest of acts can have a large impact on our sense of happiness. Dr. Wiinamaki encourages everyone to doing something small such as sending a card to a friend or family member, buying flowers for someone, making tea or coffee for colleagues, or even just saying good morning to those around you.

Our top 10 favorite ways to be kind:

  1. Buy extra dog or cat food and drop it at your local animal shelter
  2. Leave your waiter/waitress the biggest tip you can afford
  3. Write daily inspirational messages to yourself in the mirror
  4. Take a treat to your favorite Lakeland care team member 
  5. Pick up litter when walking down the street
  6. Leave quarters at the laundromat for the next person
  7. Hand out coupons to your coworkers
  8. Spend an hour doing something you love
  9. Give someone a compliment
  10. Buy coffee for the person behind you in line

Though kindness has profound short-term impacts on our health, Lakeland offers services for those who may be in need of more. Counselors at Southwestern Medical Clinic treat abuse, trauma, anxiety, addictions, depression, loss, and grief through compassionate and professional counseling services in a comfortable and confidential atmosphere. For more information or to schedule an appointment, click here or call (269) 429-7727



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