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Old 1st January 2017, 09:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Kindness and A Gracious Society

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Start, show and share kindness today because together we can make someone's day.

Graciousness is kindness in action.

What is Kindness?

Behaving in such a way that shows you care about other people and want to help them.
-Macmillan Dictionary


Kindness is other-centredness. It begins with the intention of benefitting others without expecting anything in return.

Graciousness is kindness in action. It is marked by courtesy and is rooted in a disposition of kindness. A gracious person puts in time and effort in doing something that makes a positive difference for others.

Small acts such as greeting a neighbour, holding the door for others, expressing appreciation for the kindness of a friend and lending a helping hand to those in need are all expressions of graciousness. These simple acts seen in everyday life can help make someone else's day better and create goodwill.

Researcher Stephen Post, president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love which conducts and funds research on altruism, compassion and service, has found that when we give of ourselves, everything from life satisfaction to self-realisation and physical health is significantly improved. Mortality is delayed, depression is reduced, and well-being and goodfortune are increased......

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Benefits: Personal Happiness

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Dalai Lama


Many studies have shown a link between happiness and kindness. When we are kind to others, our brains "rewards" us by releasing a mixture of chemicals, including dopamine, which makes us feel good. The positive feedback loop between kindness and happiness:

Be kind and you will be happy
Be happy and you will be kind

Helping others bestows a sense of satisfaction on both the receiver of the help, and the one who provides the help. Over time, people who do good deeds develops a friendly and joyful personality that attracts and magnetises those they associate with and brings kindness their way.

Research reveals that doing good deeds or kind acts can make people feel better. Researchers from the University of Bristish Columbia found that doing nice things for people led to a significant increase in people's positive moods. It also led to an increase in relationship satisfaction and a decrease in social avoidance in socially-anxious individuals. People who engage in kind acts also become happier over time, according to Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside. Having studied happiness for 20 years, her research found that performing positive acts once a week led to the most happiness.

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.
-Quoted in P.S I Love You, complied by H.Jackson Brown, Jr.


Smile and acknowledge your colleagues in your workplace. Do the same for people you encounter every day. One greeting at a time, you will brighten the lives of others every day. Make a dedication on the radio station to all who smiled at strangers today.

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Benefits: Happy Families

The home is the chief school of human virtues
-William Ellery Channing


Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.
- Marian Wright Edelman


In a survey titled "Enduring Love?: Couple Relationships in the 21st Century" conducted by researchers at The Open University, UK, thoughful gestures and saying tank you were found to be prized highly by partners. Simple acts like making sups of tea and taking out the trash were measured as being as effective in showing affection for a partner.

When kindness and graciousness are deeply rooted at home, our ability to be compassionate and empathetic is nurtured to be a natural part of our disposition. Children who are brought up and guided to act kindly to others can develop greater sensitivity and appreciation for kindness, and carry these positive values with them as they grow.

Strength of character may be learned at work, but beauty of character is learned at home.
- Henry Drummond.


As a family, share with each other the kindness you experience each day. Just talking about acts of kindness come alive. Writing cards or notes of appreciation to individual family members or friends can become a meaningful family tradition.

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Benefits: Good Health

Research has shown that being kind to others has profound and measurable physical and mental benefits. When we do an act of kindness, we will feel good on a chemical level, thanks to the production of dopamine and endorphins. Dopamine is associated with positive thinking and endorphins are known as our body's natural pain-killers.

Physically, the benefits come from the relaxation of your cardiovascular system. If you perform a kind deed for someone, you create an emotional bond. The body produces oxytocin, the bonding hormone. This hormone causes the release of nitric acid, which dilates blood vessels, and protects the heart by lowering blood pressure.

Moreover, a group of reserachers at the University of North Carolina have found that by having subjects practise meditating on positive emotions and kind thoughts, they could observe an increase in heart rate variability which is linked to the lowering of risk for cardiovascular disease, and regulating glucose levels and immune responses. Compared to the experiment's control group of participants, more of the meditators showed an overall increase in positive emotions, like joy, interest, amusement, serenity and hope after completing the experiment.

A commute becomes stres-free and enjoyable when we move in to make space for more passengers, give up our seats to those who need it more, such as the elderly or pregnant women, or allow other passengers to alight before boarding. We can even get a morning boost of good chemicals simply by greeting service staff and other passengers with a smile.

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Benefits: Success At Work

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.
-Helen Keller


An article on the Forbes website talks about the business impact of kindness and generosity. Kindness at the workplace can result in greater staff engagement and, ultimately, an increase in the bottom line. Kindness creates a healthier and more effective workforce, which in turn increases productivity. Employees who are happier with their workplace relationships tend to be more engaged and willing to go beyond the normal scope of duty, and are more likely to be retained.

Human beings are social creatures. It is in our nature to communicate, interact and collaborate with one another. And there are few forms of interaction as powerful as the act of acknowledgment in conveying acceptance and paving the way towards a warmer friendship. Today's workplace culture places great emphasis on teamwork and collaborative working styles. Few of us work in isolation, and by building better rapport with our colleagues, our productivity increases, the fun element of work grows and the general work environment becomes more pleasant and welcoming. As a sense of kinship and positivity increases, so will synergy among team members. These are key ingredients for a happy and motivated workforce.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kinf word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia


Ask a colleague who is not in your usual lunch group to go for lunch with you and your group. Write a note to your boss or colleague and express your appreciation for him or her. Or bring some snacks to share with your colleagues today.

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What is Kindness?

Behaving in such a way that shows you care about other people and want to help them.
-Macmillan Dictionary

Kindness is other-centredness. It begins with the intention of benefitting others without expecting anything in return.

Graciousness is kindness in action. It is marked by courtesy and is rooted in a disposition of kindness. A gracious person puts in time and effort in doing something that makes a positive difference for others.

Small acts such as greeting a neighbour, holding the door for others, expressing appreciation for the kindness of a friend and lending a helping hand to those in need are all expressions of graciousness. These simple acts du an vincity quan 9; seen in everyday life can help make someone else's day better and create goodwill.

Researcher Stephen Post, president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love which conducts and funds research on altruismdự án vincity quận 7; , compassion and service, has found that when we give of ourselves, everything from life satisfaction to self-realisation and physical health is significantly improved. Mortality is delayed, depression is reduced, and well-being and goodfortune are increased......

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Benefit: Kindness Begets Kindness

The very nature of kindness is to spread. If you are kind to others, today they will be kind to you, and tomorrow to somebody else.
-Sri Chinmoy

Kindness gives birth to kindness
-Sophocles

What kind of society do we want to live in? We can create a kind and pleasant society and make life better for everyone, or one that is indifferent and hostile.

Graciousness is intrinsically others-centric. It is motivated by a personal willingness and desire to connect with someone and make a positive difference, however big or small, for them. Through each gracious exchange, we inject positivity into another person's life. When others treat us graciously, we enjoy the fruits of another person's thoughtfulness and goodwill. Those who experience or witness it are inspired to pass it onwards to those they go on to meet, which was how the "Pay it Forward" movement started.

When people take ownership of their own conduct and are committed to being kind to others, a gracious society is born. It all starts with one - one person and one simple kind act - and kindness will spread from one person to another.

Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
-Scott Adams

Email a friend and thank him or her for something he or she did for you, or just being who he or she is. Include in the last paragraph: "If you appreciate this please pass it forward by expressing your thanks to a friend or more

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