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Connecting through Kindness

Meaningful connection is diminishing. Communities are more divided on political, cultural, socio-economic and environmental fronts.

Residents of larger cities feel more disconnected and more alone than ever before.

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Despite being well-connected via devices and instant messaging, feelings of loneliness and isolation are on the rise the world over and especially so, in a pandemic-ridden world.

Why?

In many communities, people lead ultra-busy lives. They rush between work, home, family, and the responsibilities of life. A sense of belonging and loving relationships are so critical to our well-being, so if they are lacking, the body’s health and immune system suffer greatly.

What can we do about this apparent sense of disconnection in a highly connected world?

Meredith Gaston states that in some of the world’s blue zones (i.e. places on earth in which significant numbers of inhabitants live above one hundred years of age):

… connection is acknowledged as key. Singing, dancing, gardening, cooking and pooling funds and resources together are daily practices. People are imbued with a sense of purpose and meaning within such community.

This seems to apply, irrespective of age.

When others think of us, include us, care for us, want to bring out the best in us and we in them, we decrease our individual and collective stress, pain and loneliness. We feel more harmonious and motivated to share in the many pleasures of life. Joyous connections keep us feeling youthful, purposeful and alive. [Meredith Gaston]

KINDNESS CONNECTS US

Kindness creates a bond that unifies different people and links us together, offering that sense of belonging that is so critical to our mental health.

When we practise kindness, we tend to focus more on what we can give and share with others and build a more cohesive network of support.

A little kindness can change a life in an instant.

Practising Kindness

A word of encouragement, a smile, a chat over a cup of tea, or over a neighbouring fence, a thoughtful acknowledgement, an offer of a helping hand; or even a simple hug can work wonders for a person who is struggling with life and difficult thoughts.

Make a connection with your act of kindness.

A small surprise gift, a random act of kindness such as a care package or baked cake can show someone you care and your altruistic intentions for them.

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When I would bake a batch of biscuits or cookies, the M.o.t.h, (aka Man of the House) would take some extra cookies into the city on his way to work and hand them to a homeless gent.

Mother Teresa said:

Spread Kindness wherever you go. Let nobody come to you without leaving happier.

What random act of kindness could you offer to someone today?

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