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Kindness at Home

Awareness & Self-Kindness

 

As we navigate a changing world, the practice of intentional kindness is more important than ever. Kindness is an interpersonal skill; in order to make kindness a lifestyle choice, we first need to understand our social and emotional brains.

To be kind to others we must learn how to be kind to ourselves. The first step in self-awareness is to become mindful of self-critical thoughts. By noticing these thoughts as they occur, we can learn to break our self-critical cycles. When we label our thoughts in a non-judgmental way, these thoughts lose their power over us. Ultimately, they decrease in frequency because they are no longer reinforced (Hayes, Strosahl & Wilson, 2012).

This month we will be focusing on practicing self-kindness. Use the Self-kindness at home calendar as a resource to practice kindness daily and document your acts of kindness by joining the Be Kind Challenge. Share your acts of kindness with us on Facebook or Instagram by tagging Ben’s Bells and using #KindnessConnects, so we can share how you practice with the world!