World Kindness Day is celebrated on the 13th of November, annually. It is marked as a day of showing kindness, doing good deeds, and pledging to do good as individuals and as organisations. In the hustle and bustle of life, even when we remember to be kind to others, we often forget to be kind to our own selves.
According to a report, we are actually biologically inclined to be kind to others. However, as we grow up, we tend to get bitter about the world and the people, due to which we can lose the touch of kindness. This World Kindness Day, it is important to understand the significance of being kind to your own self, and to others. If you are not convinced, here are the many reasons you should do so, as it may help you be healthier and in fact, achieve your fitness and health goals in more ways than one.
When you love yourself and are kind to your own self, you make sure to take care of your body’s physical health and mental well-being, which can help you stay healthy. You make healthier choices when it comes to food, take measures to fix what is wrong with your body, are happy and content with your looks and appearance. This ensures that you stay healthy physically, as well as not stress too much unnecessarily causing damage to your mental well-being.
Kindness to your own self also plays a very important role in determining your relationship with others. Being kind to yourself ensures that you set healthy boundaries in relationships, which can help you have healthier, happier, and real connections in life, contributing to better well-being. Kindness to others can also go a long way in keeping you healthy. When you are kind to other people, you yourself feel happy as well, and the hormones in your body are responsible for it. Helping others and being involved in other acts of kindness can boost serotonin levels in the body. It also leads to a higher production of endorphins which make you feel happier. This phenomenon is also called the “helper’s high”.
According to studies, being kind to others can also help you improve your mental health. Helping others can reduce the level of stress in your body and also help you cope better with situations that cause stress. It has also been linked to reduced anxiety.