World Kindness Week by Jo Elizabeth Pinto #WordsOfWisdomWoden’sDay #Author’sCorner #Kindness

World Kindness Week by Jo Elizabeth Pinto #WordsOfWisdomWoden’sDay #Author’sCorner #Kindness

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This week, November 8th through the 14th, Is World Kindness Week!

Several humanitarian groups from quite a few countries came together on November 13, 1997, and made a Declaration of Kindness. Over the years, the day grew into a week of kindness and charity, aimed at creating a society in which everyone can live dignified lives. Ideas for celebrating World Kindness Week include donating food, clothes, books, money, or time to local nonprofit organizations, or simply empathizing with others in mindful ways. Even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference.

Interesting Facts
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 anxious or shy in social situations.

Kindness makes us live longer. There’s forty-four percent less chance of dying early if you are kind.

Kindness has anti-aging effects. Perpetually kind people secrete twenty-three percent less stress hormone and age more slowly than the average population.

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” Dalai Lama

About the Author

Jo Elizabeth Pinto was among the first blind students to integrate the public schools in the 1970’s. In 1992, she received a degree in Human Services from the University of Northern Colorado. While teaching students how to use adaptive technology, she earned a second degree in 2004 from the Metropolitan State College of Denver in Nonprofit Management. She freelances as an editor and a braille proofreader and is a contributor of The Writer’s Grapevine Magazine where more articles like this may be found.

As an author, Pinto entertains her readers while giving them food for thought. In her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, she draws on personal experience to illustrate that hope is always an action away.

Pinto lives in Colorado with her husband, her teenage daughter, her guide dog Spreckles, and an aging family cat named Sam-I-Am.

Her website is: http://www.brightsideauthor.com.

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