Acts of Kindness

[author title=”Laura Muth” author_id=”Laura Muth”][custom_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”] Discovering happiness through kindness [/custom_headline]

Research has shown that there is a positive correlation between happiness and kindness. Whether it be holding open a door for someone or saying your pleases and thank yous, engaging in acts of kindness improves your happiness level. [pullquote cite=”” type=”right”]Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.[/pullquote]

There is no such thing as a selfless act. As research has shown, helping others makes you feel good, so helping others helps you. Fostering healthy relationships with others also helps you connect with other people.
An eating disorder is anything that causes you to use food as a tool to harm yourself – that may be through purging, bingeing and/or restricting. In other words it is a form a self-harm. Part of recovery involves learning to be kind to yourself and ending the battle with yourself.

[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]Cultivating love and kindness [/custom_headline]Each week we run a meditation session which usually includes a loving kindness meditation. Many of our clients – those suffering with eating disorders – struggle with this, especially when we ask them to extend that loving kindness to themselves as well as others. Practising acts of kindness can therefore be important to recovery in several ways:

[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h6″ looks_like=”h6″ accent=”true”]They develop your compassionate and loving side [/custom_headline]If you learn to give attention to and develop those feelings of kindness towards others then you are strengthening that side of yourself and are working towards being able to extend those feelings towards yourself.[image src=”” alt=”” type=”rounded” float=”right”]

[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h6″ looks_like=”h6″ accent=”true”]They shift your negative self-talk [/custom_headline]It can take you away from your internal dialogue shifting your internal state to think about others.

[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h6″ looks_like=”h6″ accent=”true”]They keep you grounded[/custom_headline]It involves an element of mindfulness and by being in touch with what makes others happy and paying attention to how you can act kindly, you can become more aware of how you should be acting with yourself – learning to nurture yourself as well as others.

[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h6″ looks_like=”h6″ accent=”true”]They are essential to our well-being[/custom_headline]Random acts of kindness can liberate us from self-obsession, selfishness, and isolation. The most powerful act of generosity is giving without expectation or desire to be repaid in any form, whether we give it to friends, family or even strangers.

Finally – If you put kindness out in the world, you’ll attract kindness back to you.

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