February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day, and showing kindness is the concept at the heart of Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services. We see the effects of compassion year after year as we watch our caregivers and clients in the Heartland support one another, share genuine laughter, and spread hope with thoughtful acts.
As we shine a light on this mindset, we’re excited to explore the many ways acts of kindness – large or small - create positive change in the body, mind, and in those around us. In addition, we love sharing ideas that inspire both those on the Seniors Helping Seniors® team as well as the individuals we serve to show they care!
Why Be Kind?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “kindness” means to exhibit a spirit of helpfulness, generosity, and consideration, and to do so without the expectation of receiving something in return. We see this quality on display in our caregivers day after day and understand how powerful it can be!
Although most people don’t need a reason to be kind, whether looking for one or not, the benefits of spreading cheer are plentiful. For example, doing something nice for another person has been shown to:
- Reduce blood pressure and decrease cortisol, the body’s primary stress hormone
- Stimulate the production of serotonin, which improves mood
- Increase one’s sense of purpose
- Boost confidence
- Foster a connection between individuals
Equally important, acts of kindness – whether random or planned – are contagious. Doing something nice for someone else inspires them to pay it forward as well!
Make It Your Mantra
Benevolence is innate in most people, but there are ways to help ensure you’re putting your best foot forward at every turn. For example, start each day with the mantra, “I will spread happiness today by…,” and then fill in the blank with how you plan to extend goodwill.
It’s that simple!
Now, let’s dive into some of our team’s favorite ways to show kindness!
The Power Of Love®
There are, quite literally, innumerable ways to spread cheer to those around us. No matter how you choose to brighten someone’s day, you can be certain that no good deed goes unnoticed or unappreciated.
Sitting down for a meal is a wonderful way to create happiness and joy. Whether cheering up a loved one by cooking their favorite meal or inviting a friend over to enjoy your most-loved dish, a few hours of engaging conversation, laughter, and meaningful connection will leave everyone in attendance with full bellies and full hearts!
Nice & Neighborly
Spreading kindness in your own backyard is perhaps the easiest way to show you care. A considerate gesture can make a new neighbor feel welcome or remind a long-time friend how lucky you are to live next door.
Watch for opportunities to:
- Offer a hand carrying groceries or large packages
- Assist with yard work
- Bring the garbage cans in after pick-up
- Deliver cookies or bread…just because!
- Invite neighbors over for coffee or tea
- Compliment an outfit, new haircut, or DIY project
- Ask the person next door to join you for an evening walk
You just might start a wave of kindness throughout the entire neighborhood with one tiny act!
Make A Connection
Connecting with others – old friends and new acquaintances alike – always feels good! Call to let a senior loved one know you’re thinking about them during a difficult time. Ask a stranger who’s sitting alone to join you for lunch. Make it a point to support a friend as they learn a new hobby. There are tons of ways to spark a meaningful bond with others!
Don’t let National Random Acts of Kindness Day sneak by without spreading love and joy to whomever you encounter. As American author and cartoonist Scott Adams once said:
“Remember, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
We at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services are ready to make some waves! Are you?