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You are likely familiar with mindfulness by now. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them – without believing that they are “right” or “wrong”.
Kindfulness is similar but focuses on using volunteering and intentional acts of kindness to bring awareness to the impact you make on others and the positive mental state created by serving others.
There are five pillars to kindfulness – volunteering, intentional acts of kindness, connection, reflection and inspiration.
When you volunteer, you make an impact, both on you and your community. Through volunteering, you actively invest in your community while reaping the mental wellness benefits of volunteering. Volunteering has immediate health benefits like improved mode and reduced stress. But did you know it also has long term benefits. When you volunteer once a month for an average of three hours, there are long term health benefits. At Project Helping we select the most impactful and engaging volunteer projects and then we make them incredibly easy to sign up for.
No one has the time to volunteer every day. So how do keep your kindfulness practice going on a regular basis? You practice Intentional Acts of Kindness. You don’t need to wait for an opportunity to be kind to present itself. Be intentional about your acts of kindness. These small, simple, daily acts of kindness will supplement your volunteerism and create a daily practice of practicing kindfulness. These don’t have to be grand gestures. Hold the door for someone, text a friend to wish them a great day and let them know you’re thinking about them. Maybe buy the person in line behind you a cup of coffee or let a coworker know you recognized the great work they did. The possibilities are endless!
Expressing gratitude is a simple, daily practice that can have tremendous benefit on your outlook. Volunteering and doing intentional acts of kindness are gratitude in action, but pausing to take note of the things you are grateful for give even more context for the kindfulness you practice on a daily basis. A great exercise is to keep a gratitude journal. Write down a few things every day that you are grateful for. But you don’t have to keep all your gratitude to yourself. Let others know you are grateful for them – it can double as an intentional act of kindness too!
The social interaction – the connection – that comes from practicing kindfulness is what makes is so unique. Every volunteer project we offer is created to have a social setting. This sense of community is vital to mental and emotional wellness. When you volunteer, you interact with the community you are serving while simultaneously interacting with your fellow volunteers. Intentional acts of kindness further this connection by encouraging daily interactions with the people around you. Have you ever one an act of kindness for someone and NOT felt immediately connected to them? Exactly!
As important as your volunteer work and your intentional acts of kindness is the ability to reflect on your impact. You have the ability to build a “kindness bank” to call on when you need it. You likely do more good than you can recall. Journalling or keeping a record of your volunteer work and acts of kindness can help build and maintain this kindness bank. When you need it, the recollection of your kindness is a powerful tool to improve mental and emotional wellness. Not the journalling type? We have another tool that may help. Check out KyndHub!