Hate. Even the word itself is unattractive as it rolls off the tongue. Guttural and angry, just like its foundation. Like a viral epidemic, it can spread quickly and get out of control. So how can we as individuals counter this unfortunate emotion? What's in it for us?
The Science of Kindness
Would you believe that showing kindness can actually improve your health? It stimulates the release of feel-good chemicals such as endorphins, giving you a natural high. Haven't you ever noticed how paying someone a genuine compliment makes you feel better? It's not just in your head, it's a physiological response.
Five Easy Ways to Practice Kindness
Being kind doesn't take much thought -- once you have gotten into the habit of it, you'll notice it comes naturally. You'll also notice your overall demeanor and mood will improve. Here are some simple ways to get into the practice of showing kindness.
1. Say thank-you. It may seem simply like good manners, but a heartfelt thank-you can not only make the recipient feel needed -- the display of gratitude on your part will actually make you feel more thankful.
2. Pay those around you genuine compliments. If your team at work does a good job, make an effort to let them know how much their hard work means for everyone in the company.
3. Consider doing charity work. Being able to make a difference in the life of someone that really needs the help can be incredibly rewarding and give you a different sense of accomplishment from that in other aspects of your life.
4. Be supportive. If someone is genuinely enthusiastic about something, share their enthusiasm. Ask questions, show your interest and support their decisions and accomplishments.
5. Don't agree to things you don't want to do. This may sound counter-intuitive, but you'll be doing someone a disservice if you grudgingly participate in something you have the option of skipping. Most people are able to pick up on subtle body language and attitude and will feel guilty or disappointed if they can tell you don't want to be there.
Devin C. Hughes is an Author, Comic Book Super Hero and Leadership Provocateur. Follow @devinchughes on Twitter. Find his books on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Devin-C.-Hughes/e/B008MEKDXU
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