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Published on August 15, 2016

Kindness does more than make others smile

“A kindness is never wasted” – it was the moral of one of Aesop’s Fables.  The famous Greek slave used a lion and a mouse to tell the story thousands of years ago.  And now although we live in a much different world, the lesson remains the same.

Research backs up the benefits

Aesop’s Fable on kindness isn’t rooted in fact.  But if you’re searching for harder evidence about what kindness can do for people, it is out there.  A study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests kind acts will not only benefit those you help, but it does incredible things for you as an individual.

The study found a close association between kindness and overall happiness.  Kind people experience more happiness and have happier memories.  Improving your mood may be as simple as 1-2-3, as well.  The study concluded that by simply *counting* acts of kindness for one week, people appear to become happier and more grateful.

How we improve things in our households

Role modeling may be one of the most important things to improve kindness, and happiness in your home.

“Children pay attention to everything we do as parents,” says Dr. Roopa Shah from Dean Medical Group - N. High Point Rd, Madison.  “If they see us being compassionate and kindhearted, they’re much more likely to emulate those behaviors.”

Dr. Shah adds that you also have to be careful not to let children be the primary receivers of your thoughtful behaviors.  She says they’ll learn important lessons if you teach them to frequently be givers of kindness.

Don’t overthink things

“You don’t need to rack your brain, trying to come up with ways to make someone’s day,” says Dr. Shah.  “The smallest things can, in many cases, do the trick.”

If you need help, the Random Acts of Kindness website is loaded with ideas, stories, and inspiring resources. 

And if you’re out there trying to make a difference, you may notice that you’re not alone.  It’s easy to get caught up in all the doom and gloom of the world, but that doesn’t mean kind acts aren’t happening.

National Random Acts of Kindness Day is observed in February, and has been growing in popularity each year.  Organizers hope this is something celebrated every day.  It may make your family that much happier, and make Aesop proud.

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