When is the last time you did something extra kind for someone you do know? What about for someone you don’t know? Here at Elements Massage Scottsdale Promenade, we invite you to consider being kind as a mindful act. That’s right, cultivating gratitude and kindness takes mindfulness. Plus, it’s not all selfless.
Did you know that being kind has shown to facilitate quicker healing patterns, reducing perceived pain, decreasing anxiety, and in lowering blood pressure? In case you need ideas on how to pay it forward and get into the positive spirit, here are a few approaches:
Repeat an Action
This one is simple. If someone does something nice for you, repeat that action for someone else. For example, hold the door for someone behind you, buy the person behind you in line their morning cup of coffee, return or give an unexpected compliment. Once you start these small habits, you’ll notice that they make you feel good and imbue a sense of connectedness and happiness into your daily life.
Give the Benefit of the Doubt
The next time you are in traffic and someone cuts you off, instead of yelling obscenities and making gestures, take a deep breath and let it out. Give the benefit of the doubt to the driver and consider that maybe something has happened and they are rushing to the hospital to be with a loved one. Maybe they have a sick kid. Framing people’s shortcomings in forgiving ways makes you not only more patient but gracious.
Being part of a social community is a critical part of being human. Stoke your connections with your family, friends, loved ones, or even strangers by reaching out to schedule an evening, a phone call, a meal, a coffee with someone that you haven’t spent much time with lately. This can build bridges and help remind you of the others in this world.