The Power of Kindness

"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love."
Lao Tzu

Have you stopped to consider the acts of kindness you show every day as a Rock. If you are caring for someone with Mental Health needs, then every day you are showing acts of kindness and of love.

These acts can be small, and they can be huge, either way they make the difference to your loved one’s life.

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Have you thought about how they also make a difference to yours?

There are articles all over the internet about how acts of kindness releases Serotinin and Oxytocin and so on, however I would like to keep this simple.

Acts of kindness are fundamental to who we are. As human beings being kind is at our core. Have you watched children when they are very little and some will show such awe-inspiring acts of kindness, out of nowhere?

Look at what is happening around us now. The Covid-19 Pandemic is showing us how much kindness we have within us and how much we gain from helping each other.

There is no denying that by helping others we feel good in ourselves, what we give out we get back. It is the simple rule of Karma.

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What we may forget is that we can show kindness in all areas of our lives, even to strangers. How often have you passed someone on the street, and they have given you a smile or said good morning and it has lifted your day?  Particularly now as we Socially Distance from each other, that acknowledgement holds such joy for many, especially those living alone.

By having an attitude of kindness, we grow ourselves, we improve our wellbeing and we can change the lives of those around us.

Take the story of Sarah Darling who dropped her engagement ring along with some change in a homeless mans collection tin. The man took the ring to get appraised and found it was worth £4,000. Not a small sum for someone who was homeless. He knew Sarah would come by again, as she regularly did, so the next day he returned her ring to her. Sarah set up a crowd funding page for this man as she was so overwhelmed by his kindness. This page raised £190,000 and totally changed his life forever, he was even able to re-unite with his family.

We don’t know how our acts of kindness will affect others; we just know that it is the right thing to do. Karma means what we give we get back in abundance, be it negative or positive, it is true for both.

Remember that kindness is to yourself as well as to others. We all know how to be kind; we don’t need to be told so let’s continue to make the world a kinder place. Let’s pay it forward.

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