Think of others for a happiness boost
Going out of your way to be kind benefits you in more ways than one, say researchers at the University of British Columbia. In fact, kindness has measurable health benefits. “Simple acts of kindness increase joy and reduce social anxiety,” says Lynn Alden, a professor and clinical psychologist at UBC. Researchers can’t explain why paying it forward pays us back so well, but we think it’s a nice way to beat the winter blues!
Make it a habit: Being kind doesn’t have to cost a thing. Try opening the door for someone, smiling or saying a simple hello to your neighbour. Now doesn’t that feel good?
Bonus! This month we kick off our second annual KindCycle campaign with easy and creative ways to show your kind side. And it’s all in support of the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Click here for more.