World Kindness Day is November 13
Practicing acts of kindness should be carried out every day of the year. Being kind makes the world a better place to live and celebrating good deeds should happen daily.
“Our world is so divided right now, so this year more than ever, we should be mindful of being kind to one another. I think the world needs to be a kinder place and it starts with each individual person to help make that happen,” says Christi Erdman, LAC, Outpatient Counselor, Acenda Counseling & Wellness Center. “When you express acts of kindness, you will feel better about yourself knowing you’re helping others and in turn, the world we live in.”
Whether you are being kind, or on the receiving end, these acts can help ease conflict and bond individuals.
Here are 7 ways to get started offering kindness to others:
- Listen to others
- Hold a door for someone
- Help a neighbor who is alone
- Text a loved one
- Let someone who wants to help you, help
- Don’t offer advice unless asked
- Support someone who is feeling down
The effects of kindness on mental health are connected. When you are kind to others you will feel happy, engaged and energized. This is why volunteering and philanthropy makes individuals feel good.
“When kindness is offered and received it lifts the well-being and boosts the mood of everyone involved,” adds Erdman. “There are no negatives when it comes to kindness. Kindness is good.”
If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time, counseling and additional support can help. Call our main number at 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-3632 x9500) for more information about our counseling and telehealth services.