Kindness At Work.

Here are resources to help make kindness the norm at work.

2019 WORKPLACE KINDNESS CALENDAR

This isn't just any old calendar... it's way cooler and is honestly going to change your whole life.

A 12 month workplace kindness calendar highlighting monthly themes structured to create a kinder work culture. Each month offers daily ideas for individuals to complete in a few minutes or less. On top of the daily ideas, there is a team-based activity that can be used to celebrate kindness each month as a team, a small group or the whole company!

Download 2019 Calendar (PDF)

Direct Link: https://downloads.randomactsofkindness.org/workplace/2019_workplace_calendar.pdf

You can also subscribe to this calendar so you can see the daily kindness ideas in your Outlook, Google or iOS Calendar using this ICAL link.

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/0ppdnjc906p7k3vak08fa7o1mo%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

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SEE OUR LATEST KINDNESS VIDEO

Watch our new video inviting you to help kindness become the norm in your home, school or workplace.

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50+ WAYS TO BE KIND POSTER

A fun poster with a ton of simple ways to be kind! Hang it in your break room or by the time clock for additional inspiration.
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KINDNESS AWARD CERTIFICATE

A little recognition goes a very long way. Download and customize these kindness awards to give kudos to your colleagues who show kindness.
RAK Student Award

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TAG! YOU'RE IT!

Wanna make someone's day? Do a kind act for them anonymously and leave one of these cards to 'tag' them to pass on the kindness. You'll be the start of a ripple of kindness that has no end.
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PLAY KINDNESS BINGO!

Have some fun being kind by playing Kindness Bingo! Download the cards, pick a random one and each time you do a kind act listed on the board, mark it off. A complete row wins!
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DID YOU KNOW?

THERE ARE SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN BENEFITS OF BEING KIND.

Watch our new science of kindness video to learn more.

Did you also know that kindness is teachable?

“It’s kind of like weight training, we found that people can actually build up their compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others’ suffering with care and a desire to help.” Dr. Ritchie Davidson , University of Wisconsin

Or that kindness is contagious?

The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!


Kindness Increases

THE LOVE HORMONE

Witnessing acts of kindness produces oxytocin, occasionally referred to as the ‘love hormone’ which aids in lowering blood pressure and improving our overall heart-health. Oxytocin also increases our self-esteem and optimism, which is extra helpful when we’re in anxious or shy in a social situation.

ENERGY

“About half of participants in one study reported that they feel stronger and more energetic after helping others; many also reported feeling calmer and less depressed, with increased feelings of self-worth” Christine Carter, UC Berkeley, Greater Good Science Center

HAPPINESS

A 2010 Harvard Business School survey of happiness in 136 countries found that people who are altruistic—in this case, people who were generous financially, such as with charitable donations—were happiest overall.

LIFESPAN

“People who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains. Giving help to others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease. People 55 and older who volunteer for two or more organizations have an impressive 44% lower likelihood of dying early, and that’s after sifting out every other contributing factor, including physical health, exercise, gender, habits like smoking, marital status and many more. This is a stronger effect than exercising four times a week or going to church.” Christine Carter, Author, “Raising Happiness; In Pursuit of Joyful Kids and Happier Parents”

PLEASURE

According to research from Emory University, when you are kind to another person, your brain’s pleasure and reward centers light up, as if you were the recipient of the good deed—not the giver. This phenomenon is called the “helper’s high.”

SEROTONIN

Like most medical antidepressants, kindness stimulates the production of serotonin. This feel-good chemical heals your wounds, calms you down, and makes you happy!

Kindness Decreases

PAIN

Engaging in acts of kindness produces endorphins—the brain’s natural painkiller!

STRESS

Perpetually kind people have 23% less cortisol (the stress hormone) and age slower than the average population!

ANXIETY

A group of highly anxious individuals performed at least six acts of kindness a week. After one month, there was a significant increase in positive moods, relationship satisfaction and a decrease in social avoidance in socially anxious individuals. University of British Columbia Study

DEPRESSION

Stephen Post of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine found that when we give of ourselves, everything from life satisfaction to self- realization and physical health is significantly improved. Mortality is delayed, depression is reduced and well-being and good fortune are increased.

BLOOD PRESSURE

Committing acts of kindness lowers blood pressure. According to Dr. David R. Hamilton, acts of kindness create emotional warmth, which releases a hormone known as oxytocin. Oxytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide, which dilates the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure and, therefore, oxytocin is known as a “cardioprotective” hormone. It protects the heart by lowering blood pressure.

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