Pay it for­ward

Spirit and Destiny - - Mind, Body & Spirit -

WORLD KIND­NESS Day takes place on No­vem­ber 13th, a mo­ment to re­flect on what be­ing kind means, as well as think about how we can be more com­pas­sion­ate to those around us. A re­port from ear­lier this year found that a third of Brits show a ges­ture of good­will ev­ery day, while three-quar­ters re­ported it makes their day when a stranger shows them a small act of kind­ness. Be­ing kin­der is em­pow­er­ing and ful­fill­ing, of­fer­ing a mean­ing­ful con­nec­tion with oth­ers. Here’s how to make sure your kind­ness cup is full…

SMILE MORE

A sim­ple smile has far-reach­ing ef­fects. It’s the uni­ver­sal lan­guage of kind­ness that doesn’t cost a penny yet can help to make you and those around you feel fan­tas­tic.

Give the gift of love by smil­ing at those who cross your path.

And try smil­ing in­wardly – in an­cient tra­di­tions like Tao­ism and Bud­dhism, this ex­er­cise is a pow­er­ful way to ex­press grat­i­tude. Close your eyes and vi­su­alise your­self smil­ing at ev­ery part of your­self.

This sim­ple act will di­rect heal­ing en­ergy around your body so you feel hap­pier and health­ier.

BE FOR­GIV­ING

Hold­ing a grudge cre­ates neg­a­tive en­ergy in your body, which is harm­ful for your phys­i­cal and men­tal health. And while for­give­ness isn’t al­ways easy, it’s an em­pow­er­ing re­sponse that al­lows you to free your­self of un­wanted emo­tions.

One way to ex­er­cise kind­ness when you’re feel­ing hurt is to write down how you’re feel­ing and vi­su­alise set­ting the per­son free of the anger you’re car­ry­ing. It takes prac­tise but, over time, this ex­er­cise will help to heal emo­tional wounds.

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