JANUARY 2019 Happy New Year 2019 - The Good Neighbours Network Year of Kindness Towards the end of last year the Daisy Chain Cafe were featured on Meridian News in this powerful piece covering dementia and the volunteer sector and this informative clip highlights the kindness experienced at this GNN supported cafe in Yateley each week:do click on the link below to take a look- Daisy Chain Cafe TV GNN IS BASED ON SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS GIVEN EACH DAY Kindness is defined as a behaviour marked by ethical characteristics, a warm and pleasing disposition, and a genuine concern for others. Practising kindness daily can have incredible benefits on your well-being and happiness. Kind people enjoy increased energy, happiness and serotonin levels, as well as lower levels of stress, anxiety and blood pressure, according to a survey conducted by Random Act of Kindness. it is also wonderful to remind ourselves of the power of something as simple as kindness. Here are the 4 top benefits of being kinder every day: 1. KINDNESS MAKES YOU HAPPIER There is a natural high that floods our being when we do something nice for someone else. Even something as simple as holding the door open for someone can make us feel 'warm and fuzzy' inside. On a biochemical level this natural high is often referred to as ‘Helper’s High,’ and it is suggested that this good feeling comes from elevated levels of dopamine in the brain. Simply put, kindness make you happier. 2. KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS By performing an act of kindness you are not just benefitting yourself, you are also affecting the people around you. According to research from Dartmouth College, people who witness an act of kindness experience an improved mood and are more likely to be kind to others. Therefore, every time you are kind to another you are also passing on something powerful. 3. KINDNESS KEEPS YOU YOUNG To be kind is often associated with a warmth of character. This is important as emotional warmth has wonderful effects on your heart and the bodies ageing. As acts of kindness and emotional warmth produce the hormone oxytocin in the brain - research from the American Journal of Physiology suggests that this hormone reduces levels of inflammation in the cardiovascular system and in turn slows ageing in the body. 4. KINDNESS HAS LONG-TERM BENEFITS Kindness is the gift that keeps on giving. Research published in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that kindness has long-term effects on both happiness and kindness, finding that there is a ‘positive feedback loop,’ between the two. In other words, kindnesses increases happiness, which increases a persons’ likelihood of being kind. In turn, their acts of kindness will inspire another person, who will inspire another, and so on and so forth. A little bit of kindness goes a long way.