Compassion and Kindness
So when we bring compassion and kindness for others into our mindfulness practice, we boost all of the things that give us those feel-good brain chemicals. It helps us connect to people better, strengthens positive neural pathways, and helps us get out of toxic judgement. In fact, our own life experiences can help strengthen our compassion muscle, especially if we’ve struggled with something like our relationship with alcohol. Our experiences give us a unique perspective and help us extend more grace and compassion to others.
Next time someone cuts you off in traffic, instead of flipping them the bird and speeding past them, try sending them a little energetic burst of love and then release them from your mind. See how that makes you feel. Then try it again when you see a mom struggling to open a door with full hands; run over and grab it for her with a little hello. You may be surprised how much these little acts of kindness and compassion turn your day around, too.
Gruman, J. (2018, June.) Being Kind to Others Benefits You. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/dont-forget-the-basil/201806/being-kind-others-benefits-you