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  • Writer's pictureAbby Rosmarin

Q-tip: A brief thought while in quarantine. KINDNESS

At this time when what we have to give is so much about our most basic expression of humanity, I am thinking about kindness.

Kindness is the quality of being generous and considerate, of caring for others as well as ourselves. When we focus on kindness, we maintain control over ourselves and can choose what we do and when we do it. We have no expectation of reciprocity, but when people are the recipients of kind words or deeds they are more likely to behave kindly toward others.

Even witnessing acts of kindness stimulates the production of serotonin and oxytocin that is known to enhance mood and feelings of connection as well as cause the reduction of cortisol, the stress hormone. Repeated performance or observations of kindness can boost happiness and wellbeing.*

A kind act can be so small …

I leave you with a few of my favorite quotes on the subject.

My religion is kindness.

H.H. Dalai Lama

The most important thing is to remember the most important thing.

Suzuki Roshi

Cheerful friendliness makes for a much happier and full life.


No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


*A range of kindness activities boost happiness. J Soc Psychol. 2019;159(3):340-343. Epub 2018 May 15.

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