At some point in our life, each one of us has probably heard the adage Be Kind to Others.
Take our challenge and make an effort to Share Kindness. Every ripple of positivity we can offer individually is meaningful and will contribute to making our community a better place to live.
Most of us learned early in life the importance of kindness, and we also probably learned along the way that kindness truly does matter. Not only does it matter to the recipients of our kindness, the benefits to those who practice kindness are plentiful and undeniable.
Kindness is known to be good for the heart in more ways than one:
- Being kind to others boosts your serotonin, which is the neurotransmitter responsible for mood stability, eating, sleeping, and feelings of satisfaction and well-being.
- Being kind to others releases the hormone oxytocin which in turn leads to a chemical reaction that dilates blood vessels and decreases blood pressure.
- Practicing kindness toward others—and yourself—helps reduce stress and anxiety, improve self-esteem, increase compassion, and boost happiness.
- Being kind leads to better relationships and can open the door to new friendships.
- Acts of kindness have a ripple effect. Your kindness may inspire someone else to spread kindness to others, leading to more and more compassion and positivity. We are hopeful that our message of Share Kindness will do just that for our community.
Kindness can be defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, helpful, and considerate. There are so many ways to show kindness – at home, with friends, in the community, at work, in public places, on social media…just about anywhere.
Hospitals are Places for Healing
Healthcare workers are there to help others. Sadly, violence toward healthcare workers is on the rise and has been for the past decade. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare and social service industries experience the highest rates of injuries caused by workplace violence. In 2018, healthcare workers accounted for 73 percent of all workplace injuries due to violence. Unfortunately, this is true in our community as well.
We understand that being in a hospital -- especially during an emergency -- can be stressful for patients and families. At Cottage, we are asking everyone to Share Kindness.
Healthcare workers are people just like you, and the work we do can take an emotional toll. Your smile, your kindness, fuels us and inspires us to continue serving others.
Thank you for your support and your kindness. We will share it forward.