The Dalai Lama is a world leader when it comes to kindness, so let’s begin with his advice: “Be kind whenever possible. It is possible.”


“It is always possible.” We are wired to be kind. It feels good to do good—one researcher compares kindness to “psychological chocolate.” It can lower blood pressure while stimulating feel-good chemicals in the brain and inspiring others. Try practicing acts of kindness—little or big, random or intentional. Start small and watch it grow.

Kristin Layous et al., “Kindness Counts: Prompting Prosocial Behavior in Preadolescents Boosts Peer Acceptance and Well-Being,” PLoS ONE 7 (2012). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0051380

Summer Allen and Jill Suttie, “How Our Brains Make Us Generous,” Greater Good Magazine, December 21, 2015.

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