By Bronwyn Ison

An act of altruism requires little effort. More than twice the amount of energy is expended to be cruel and hurtful. Sure, everyone has had an ego bruising or feelings hurt. It is part of life. At tender young ages we learned quickly not everyone plays in the sandbox politely. Surrounding yourself with kind and caring people will provide a healthier atmosphere. Relinquish and remove yourself from negativity.

Research tells us, small acts of kindness go a long way. Every day altruistic behavior has also been linked to improve your overall health. Our physical body takes on insurmountable stress. When we reap love and caring, we feel happy. Negative people or circumstances will drain you mentally, emotionally and physically. Simply be kind and watch your harvest flourish.

Engage in personal interactions with people. When you are genuinely interested in someone or something you will also receive more out of the friendship or relationship. Projecting an act of kindness to a stranger (as in pay it forward) will reward you and the receiver with joy. Acknowledging and/or complimenting a store clerk or your local Barista may make their day. If you recognize someone is experiencing a challenging day this is your opportunity to turn her frown upside down.

Has anyone ever put forth an act of kindness towards you and made your day easier? I have been the beneficiary of caring and concern on numerous occasions. If you reminisce on this pleasurable experience, you know you can make someone’s day. It can be as simple as meeting for coffee, running an errand for a friend, or calling to let he/she know you care.

Utilize your natural talents to make someone’s day. Perhaps you are an artist. Paint or draw someone a picture. Maybe you write poetry. Write a poem expressing your friendship. Ahhh, you are a fine cook. Make a special dish or bake some cookies. This simple act will go a long way for you and your friend.

Forgiveness is one of the hardest acts for someone to accomplish. When you forgive a person it liberates you from the burden that weighs heavily on your shoulders. Research tells us forgiveness will improve future relationships, decreases stress and anxiety and can lower blood pressure as well as decrease alcohol and substance abuse.

Take time to meditate or pray. Finding solitude is an act of altruism toward oneself. Meditating on kindness will allow you to project more positive energy and love. Research demonstrates meditating on kindness will also increase your ability to be compassionate and empathetic.

Share your smile and love. Kindness will exude from you. Kindness is contagious.

Bronwyn Ison is the Owner of Evolve Yoga. 760.564.YOGA
50-991 Washington Street, La Quinta 92253