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Family Kindness Challenge

If you spend any time watching the news, it doesn’t take long to be reminded that there are a lot of things going on in the world that make the it worse for the wear. Why not try to spread some kindness giving others (and your own family) something positive to focus on? There are benefits, a few of which are outlined below, for both you and your kids as well as those on the receiving end of your kind gestures. As Flora Edwards said, “In helping others, we help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”


Being kind makes you happier

Being nice to others doesn’t just benefit them, it give you a boost too. If you have ever been able to help out a friend or a stranger in a time of need you know that being helpful actually makes you feel happy. Doing nice things for others boosts your serotonin. “Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that gives us the feeling of satisfaction and well-being.” says Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. in Psychology Today “Most of the antidepressant medications work by increasing the amount of serotonin available to your brain. All of this means doing nice things for other people changes your brain in ways that make you feel better.” 

Being kind makes you healthier

People who volunteer in the community and are charitable to others often experience lower stress levels and improved overall health. According to Happier Human, statistics show that people who are kind have less physical pain, get better quality sleep, and exercise more.



Being kind builds self-esteem

As parents we are always looking for ways to build self-esteem in our kids. Helping others and being generous with our time and talents can actually help build self-esteem because when we help someone we feel like we have value and a purpose. We are also letting someone else know they are important and mean something to us.

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