Random Acts of Kindness: Fast Facts

Not that you need a reason or much encouragement to be kind, because I know you’re incredibly sweet. But I do have a few interesting facts about kindness that will help sweeten your efforts just a smidge. Ready?

Here are five “side effects” of kindness…

Did you also know?

  • Five acts of kindness in a week will increase your happiness for up to three months. {source} 
  • The effects of kindness can be so great you don’t have to be directly linked to a giving chain to get in on the act. By simply witnessing generosity you may be inspired to do something generous of your own, according to new research study. {source}
  • Kindness can be taught. A researcher from the University of Wisconsin says, “It’s kind of like weight training. We found that people can actually build up their compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others’ suffering with care and a desire to help.” {source}
  • Helping others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease! {source}
  • People 55 and older who volunteer for two or more organizations have an impressive 44% lower likelihood of dying. That’s after sifting out every other contributing factor, including physical health, exercise, gender, habits like smoking, marital status and many more. This is a stronger effect than exercising four times a week. {source}

And finally…

If you haven’t seen Ellen’s acceptance speech for the People’s Choice Humanitarian Award you should check it out here. It’s not only funny, but also endearing and a great reminder of the importance of sharing our kindness.

I’d love to hear how your week is going! What acts of kindness have you shared? Have you spotted others being kind? Check back tomorrow, and I’ll post a few of my favorite pics of the week so far.