This time a year is usually a happy one as people start looking forward to the holidays. Many of us are planning meals, thinking about catching up with our families, deciding who’s home we will be at, watching football and eating all that delicious food.
At this time of caring and sharing, It is a good time to remind ourselves that there are those who may be depressed, sad, morning, lost and angry. Now is when kindness should crossover the boundary of just being nice to those who are nice to us. We should be nice to those who are not nice, those who have been forgotten about, and those who feel hopeless. We never fully understand what others are going through or experiencing.
It is also important to remember that this time of year is often tough on those without families, who are separated from their families and struggling with poverty, mental health concerns and homelessness. The people served in our agency largely fit in this group.
Youth Care & Beyond staff and clients are challenged to do one random act of kindness everyday until New Year’s Eve. We invite you to join us in this challenge. Research shows showing kindness improves our emotional state. Physiological benefits of kindness include:
Strengthened immune system
Improved Cognitive Performance
Increase in Energy
Lower Heart Rate
Balanced cortisol levels which result in less internal stress
More likely to live a longer and more satisfied life
Laughter and inner joy resulting in decreased stress hormones; lower blood pressure; diminished pain.
The following are some examples you can do:
Donate food to your homeless shelter
Open the door for someone following you
Say kind words to someone who could use them
Make a thanksgiving card or write a letter to someone you are thankful for
Give someone a hug who is having a bad day
Volunteer to do a chore for someone
Check in on your family
Leave money on a vending machine for someone
Bake cookies for the elderly
Let someone go in front of you in line
Buy a coffee for the person in line behind you
Leave your waiter a generous tip
Take the time to listen to someone
Be kind to yourself. Say something nice about yourself every time you say something negative.
We hope you choose to join us in this kindness challenge for a day, week or any amount of time between now and New Year’s Day. We are thankful for those we serve and for having the opportunity to do what we do. We are thankful to all our friends and supporters and wish you all a happy thanksgiving.