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Executive Director Kathy Rogers’ monthly blog for November is entitled, “World Kindness Day?”


November Topic: World Kindness Day?

November 13 was World Kindness Day. As I thought about this, it made me a little sad. I know we celebrate and recognize many different causes and issues with a special day or week, but do we need to be reminded to be kind? Kindness should be something that we inherently want to put out into the world for the benefit of others, but there is evidence that kindness can have a physical and mental benefit to us personally.
An act of kindness is defined as “benevolent and helpful actions intentionally directed towards another person, motivated by the desire to help another; not to gain reward or avoid punishment.” According to the American Psychiatric Association, new research has found that performing acts of kindness may help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. The study found that “Everyday simple acts of kindness can contribute to boosting your mood, reducing stress, and possibly alleviating symptoms of depression or anxiety. In addition, what might seem like a small kind gesture could have a greater impact than you might think.” (The Mental Health Benefits of Simples Acts of Kindness, American Psychiatric Association, February 17, 2023)

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