We have faced many changes and challenges over the last several years. In times like these, our fight or flight mode is activated: we stress more, lose sight of our purpose, and/or experience anxiety, depressive, or suicidal thoughts more strongly – all things that are on the rise in our world.
We have learned more about the word “resilience” than any other time in history. People want to build it to better face the days ahead. However, most of us don’t know where to begin that journey. Like many things, we make building resilience more complicated than it needs to be.
The first line of defense is giving ourselves more self-compassion in what we’re going through – and self-compassion is born from kindness. When we show ourselves kindness, we are far more likely to be kind to others around us. The biggest hurdle about it? We have fallen out of touch with how to be kind to ourselves and to others – and we need to revive the practice. In fact, our entire well-being depends on it.
Researchers at U.C. Berkely found that people who were kind tended to have higher self-esteem, a greater sense of self-efficacy, less depression, less anxiety, and improved physical health. Overall, scientists learned that people who were kind or regularly engaged in informal acts of kindness tended to have higher well-being. In other words, when we are well (spirit, mind, and body), we are better equipped to face our obstacles with strength, clarity, and calmness.
It’s time to lift each other up and offer to heal others and yourself – and this 31-Day Kindness Campaign gives you the opportunity and support to do this!