Fit & Fabulous 2017 Health & Wellness Month Over 50s Lifestyle

How showing kindness improves your health & wellness

June 8, 2017

Kindness improves your health & wellness

Recently my Mother-in-Law’s Aged Care Home held a mini fete to raise funds for Downs and West Community Appeal run by the Sisters of Charity.

There was feverish activity over the last few months as residents formed a committee, organised the day and made items to be sold.

The staff at Marycrest are wonderful and try to include as many of the residents in the activities as possible. My almost 91 year old MIL felt so proud to be included in the preparation, as they asked her to help in preparing some of the coconut ice bags to be sold on the day. No matter how small the task, the staff made the residents feel so important and this is such a great boost for their mental health & wellness.

As the day of the fete drew closer, I offered my services to help. I was given the job of working on the Devonshire Tea stall, serving cake, coffee or tea. We were so busy for the 3 hours but it was so special for me to spend time with the residents and their families.

There was music, various stalls with homemade craft and jams, raffles and lots of laughter. It was certainly a happy day and warmed my soul.

Showing kindness, especially random acts of kindness has health benefits both ways for the giver and the receiver.

Kindness improves your health & wellness

Research has shown that acts of kindness can reduces anxiety and increase our social interaction

Over a period of 4 weeks, researchers at the University of British Columbia asked participants who had high levels of anxiety to do acts of kindness for others at least six time a week. The results showed that being kind or doing something nice for others significantly increased people’s positive moods and reduced anxiety.  Results also showed an increase in relationship satisfaction and more social interaction.

I will now be volunteering for a few hours each week and look forward to spending more time with the residents. We can learn so much from them and I hope I can bring some happiness and kindness to their day.

My post 10 Benefits of Showing Kindness – Why not try?  lists various health & wellness benefits when we show kindness to others.  These include feeling more compassionate, happier, learning tolerance.

It doesn’t take much to be kind but the rewards are many.

Kindness improves health & wellness

What act of kindness can you show not just today?  Let’s make kindness a lifestyle and start a movement because the world sure could use some kindness at the moment.

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31 Comments

  • Reply Donna June 8, 2017 at 11:24

    I agree! Kindness has repeatedly been proven to increase our ‘health and wellness’, as well as our ‘happiness.’ It really is a win-win!
    Great post!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 9, 2017 at 07:05

      It certainly is a win-win Donna and you just feel so good in your heart. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

  • Reply Jo Tracey June 8, 2017 at 12:31

    Lovely. It’s those little completely selfless acts that bring so much to the receiver – and their smile brings so much to the giver. Win-Win…#TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 9, 2017 at 07:06

      Totally agree Jo and you have said it perfectly. It certainly warms the heart. Have a lovely weekend x

  • Reply Deborah June 8, 2017 at 12:51

    I completely agree. I think of myself as quite selfish and horrible but occasional realise that I do have a kind heart underneath my apathetic antisocial exterior. (And I know that sounds vain.)

    Recently I saw an ambulance at my neighbour’s (who I’ve never met) and then I stressed myself later feeling bad I hadn’t gone over to see if they were okay. I think they’re older and I thought perhaps the husband / wife (etc) needed a lift to the hospital or something!).

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 9, 2017 at 07:08

      Of course you have a kind heart Deb I can see it in your smile! It is hard to know what to do in situations like your neighbours especially if you don’t know them. I hope they are okay. We are all so busy with out lives that sometimes we don’t even get to know our neighbours – I’m guilty of that!

  • Reply Kathy Marris June 8, 2017 at 15:35

    Sue what a truly kind and selfless thing to do for your Mother-in-law. I agree that acts of kindness definitely make you feel good about yourself and no matter how small the act it does have an impact on those around us. I’m all for doing some voluntary work when I eventually retire. I think aged care homes would be a great place to start. 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 9, 2017 at 07:09

      Oh thank you Kathy but I really enjoyed it. I didn’t really do much just selling a few coffees and cakes but the residents were so excited and it was lovely to see them enjoying themselves.

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama June 8, 2017 at 16:31

    Sounds like your M-I-L lives in a great community! I’m all for random acts of kindness, and even set myself a task to practise not-so-random acts of kindness, which you can read about on my blog: http://www.middleagedmama.com.au/year-of-the-blessing-project/

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 9, 2017 at 07:10

      It is lovely Janet and the staff are just beautiful in the way they treat the residents. Some of the older ones can be quite grouchy but the staff always have a smile for them and such patience. My MIL is so happy there and told me she doesn’t miss being at home which is wonderful to hear. She is settled and happy what more could we ask.

  • Reply Debbie Harris June 8, 2017 at 17:19

    What a lovely post Sue and you are right kindness makes such a difference to us all. #TeamLovinLife Well done on helping out.

  • Reply Shirley Corder June 8, 2017 at 19:10

    Lovely post and what a great community they seem to have there. Well done on getting involved. Come and visit my world: Share Your World – From Disney to a new job.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 9, 2017 at 07:11

      Hi Shirley glad you enjoyed the post and yes it is a lovely community. My husband and I feel much less stressed now that we know his Mum is happy and settled in a beautiful and friendly environment. I’ve visited Share Your World and loved the idea. Have a beautiful day xx

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle June 8, 2017 at 19:13

    How lovely to have events like this that residents can be involved in. Feeling needed and appreciated and able to give and help others are such important things for our sense of self purpose and wellbeing. So nice of you to also help out Sue! I agree that kindness feels good to give and to receive and there should be more of it! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 9, 2017 at 07:12

      Oh Min they have so many activities happening I need to make an appointment to see my MIL LOL:) You are so right that it is important to have a sense of self purpose and I’ve written about that before. I’m looking forward to getting more involved with my volunteer work there.

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill June 8, 2017 at 23:14

    I’m so glad you’re going to volunteer there Sue – you’ll be a ray of sunshine for them and it will be good for your soul to be doing something that still keeps you connected with your mother-in-law. If your kindness boosts your wellbeing at the same time then you’ve got a win/win on your hands 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 9, 2017 at 07:13

      Yes I’m looking forward to it Leanne and now I’ve made the start with the fete I’m determined to help out. Just need to get a police check and I’ll be on my way.

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit June 9, 2017 at 16:30

    Love this!
    #teamlovinlife

  • Reply Kirsty @ My Home Truths June 9, 2017 at 17:32

    My goodness this world could do with a whole lot more kindness! Good on you for taking the first step and volunteering your time. I help out at the kids’ school and find it amazingly rewarding – it’s fun getting to know the kids better too!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 11, 2017 at 09:47

      It certainly could Kirsty. I think it would be lovely working with children and seeing them grow. They are always wanting to learn aren’t they and are full of life. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful weekend. x

  • Reply Wendy | The Art of "Why Not?" June 13, 2017 at 23:35

    I couldn’t love this more, Sue! Kindness has so many positive effects — more on ourselves than others! Thank you for sharing this, and it is so good to see that smile on your mother-in-law’s face!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2017 at 17:54

      Yes she is so happy Wendy it was the best thing we ever did!

  • Reply bitten by that creative spider June 14, 2017 at 18:42

    That is a great idea getting the elderly people in the home involved and giving them a goal/task to work towards. And I totally agree, spreading kindness gives you a happy fuzzy feeling hence makes you feel better and therefore improves you health!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 14, 2017 at 20:01

      They had so much fun and it is so healthy for them. A ‘happy fuzzy’ feeling – I love that it says it all perfectly. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a beautiful day. x

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle June 16, 2017 at 18:45

    I love this post Sue, what a lovely example of working together and kindness shared. I totally believe that doing acts of kindness improves health and well-being.

    Kathleen

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2017 at 09:11

      Thanks Kathleen. It doesn’t really take much or cost us to be kind does it?

  • Reply Susanne June 18, 2017 at 12:18

    Imagine the world if we all did this! Thank you for sharing this post with us at Create and Celebrate!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2017 at 08:58

      Yes Imagine! It seems so easy but unfortunately the world has forgotten how to be kind. We need to start a movement I think!

  • Reply 5 reasons you should pay it forward - Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond July 20, 2017 at 01:02

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