With Daylight Savings taking over, it’s time to start upping our Serotonin levels Dolphins!
With November taking over and Midterms coming to a close it’s important to take a moment and perform a ~mental health check~ on ourselves. If you didn’t know, November is not only the season of thankfulness and pumpkin pie, but also the time of performing random acts of kindness.
World Kindness Day is an international holiday that was formed in 1998, to promote kindness throughout the world and is observed annually on November 13 as part of the World Kindness Movement. The objective of World Kindness Day is to spread kindness with small gestures. The concept is to be kind and to try and encourage kindness. Whether it’s helping out a fellow classmate, taking the time to ask how someone is doing, or complimenting someone, the name of the game is kindness, and we all have it in us.
Did You Know?
Hey there Coastline Students! Did you know that witnessing acts of kindness aids in the production of oxytocin, also known as the ‘love hormone’ which lowers blood pressure and improves our overall heart-health. Oxytocin also increases our self-esteem and optimism! Maybe Spongebob was onto something after all?
Here are the Top 10 Random Acts of Kindness that can improve your mental well-being:
“Each of us in our day-to-day lives has hundreds, if not thousands of moments to be able to practice kindness,” Harding said.
Remember you can start small. When you’re getting a cup of coffee, look the barista in the eye and ask her how her day is going. During your commute, let another car go in front of you. If your professor provides you some interesting insight on a topic, reach out and let them know and/or thank them. Reach out to your school counselor and thank them for the help they have provided you thus far.
“It can actually boost your mood and it also has positive ripple effects on your biology,” Harding said.
“Part of depression and anxiety are feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Practicing random acts of kindness makes people feel helpful, optimistic, efficacious, and boosts self-esteem.”
— HOORIE SIDDIQUE, PHD
Here are a few free or low-cost ways to perform random acts of kindness during the pandemic:
Take care of your body and mind and spend some you time. Follow your interests and sign up for a class. Education is a form of kindness to ourselves — it's great for our brains and our health.
Think about somebody who is lonely or seems like he or she is having a hard time, and offer your companionship.
“Kindness is about reaching out. Not everybody is going to accept the invitation. But repeatedly doing it, you’ll be surprised and delighted — magic happens when you reach out to others,” Harding.
Try to connect one-on-one with different colleagues and learn something about them as human beings, not just what they do at work. Resist the urge to spread negative gossip, but sing a co-worker's praise when she does well.
Of course, make sure to always be cautious of the current COVID guidelines.
As an exercise in gratitude, consider a kind person in your life, then send them a note or meet them for coffee. Do something to acknowledge their kindness to you, because it will be incredible for them to hear from someone who says, “You made a difference in my life.”
Through Student Equity, Coastline aims to support students through programs and resources that help each student achieve their educational goals. Learn more to spread awareness!
Overall, the main thing is to remember to be kind and patient towards others. You never truly know what others are going through so make sure to be kind to your fellow dolphins, family, and friends.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”