Kindness can be expressed in simple ways. The small act of giving a smile or a compliment can really brighten someone's day. The ripple effect of kindness is far reaching. Those you are kind to will feel the direct result of your kindness. Those who witness your acts of kindness will be touched by your gesture and pass it on by being kind to others.
Did you know that kindness can actually impact your own health? Mentally, you will experience the positive emotions from improving someone's feelings of loneliness or helplessness. Physically, it has been proven that these good feelings can reduce your own heart rate, stomach acids and relieve headaches.
These facts about kindness were part of a conversation I had recently with a group of second graders at Conneaut Valley Elementary School. Led by Guidance Counselor, Danielle Varner, these students learn about kindness, self esteem and empowerment through a hero inspired curriculum. One of their projects was to perform an act of kindness as a group. The kids were inspired by the season and chose to make over 200 Valentines for the Elders and care partners at Rolling Fields.
I was so inspired by these fantastic kids who are thinking and acting on the needs of others. I hope that the simple act of telling this story may inspire you to perform an act of kindness and let the ripple effect of one small change have an enormous impact on our world.
"People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But, people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou