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Kind Thoughts, Kind Words, Kind Deeds
Recently, while shopping in our area, a saying caught Sara Vogt’s eye on one of the store’s items, kind thoughts, kind words, kind deeds. She kept walking around the shop, pondering the saying, and eventually decided to buy it and bring it to her home. Doing kind deeds is usually a part of the Movin’ Together team’s focus during December, visiting nursing homes in the area and spending time with the residents. This year because of COVID-19, the trips to the nursing homes were not an option.
Plans changed; the subject of kindness remains our focus. Please continue reading to the end of this article to find out how you could win in our kind deeds giveaway!
First, we’ll mention the definition of kindness and then discuss the benefits of being kind. Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Affection, gentleness, warmth, concern, and care are words that are associated with kindness. Being kind often requires courage and strength. Kindness is an interpersonal skill.
We reap powerful mental and physical health benefits due to the chemicals released whenever we are kind. Simply smiling at someone, produces oxytocin which reduces stress, boosts our immune system, and slows aging. Boosting our immune system is our first line of defense against COVID19.
The principles in the study of Psychology and the study of scripture address the importance of being aware of our thoughts and how they affect our emotions, words, and deeds every day. Jeffrey Nevid Ph.D. says, “Emotions follow thoughts, and without thoughts as drivers, emotions are mere shadow puppets on the wall. Put another way, an emotion needs to be about something. You can’t be angry, fearful, or joyful in a thought vacuum.”
Proverbs 11:17 says that a man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.
At this time, many of us are dealing with anxious thoughts – which can detour us from thinking in a kind and loving way toward ourselves and others.
Amid this pandemic, we could get caught up in those anxious thoughts concerning differing politics, wearing masks, missing our family and friends, suffering an illness, business being limited, and your situation may also make you feel uneasy at this time.
The dictionary definition of anxious is experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. That kind of sums up the times we live in right now, making it even more important to be kind to yourself and others.
Christian psychologist Richard L. Ganz, Ph.D. discusses the 6 ways to take your thoughts captive so kind thoughts can become part of your daily thinking. We are sharing one of those ways you can find the rest by visiting this link here.
Taking your thoughts captive simply means gaining control over what you think about yourself and life.
1) Accept responsibility for your thoughts
What you put in your mind has an effect on what you think.
Remember those scary movies you watched as a kid, then had nightmares? It didn’t take long to realize that the way to avoid the nightmares was to stop watching that kind of movie. God has provided a way to overcome unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, and gain the self-control you seek. It’s a matter of taking charge of your life – His way. Are we willing to admit that we can, with God’s help, regain control of our thoughts – and think enabling thoughts instead of disabling ones?
Thoughts of kindness and care for ourselves and others during this time benefits us all!
Scripture says anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up! Proverbs 12:16
In Movin’ Together, we are looking for kind ways to support and encourage one another! We are giving away four Movin’ Together Christmas tree ornaments along with two $25 gift certificates to The Red Skillet and two boxes of Bigelow Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea! Two winners will be chosen to win two ornaments (one to keep and one to share with a friend), a gift certificate to the Red Skillet, and a box of tea. To enter, say something kind about one of your friends either by commenting on our giveaway Facebook post or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The drawing will take place on Thursday, December 17th at 4 PM; let others know about this drawing so they can join in on the fun.
Thanks for joining us for our Movin’ Together broadcasts this past year! We hope you have been blessed and encouraged to keep moving more healthily through life. This is our last broadcast of 2020; we want to announce that in the year 2021, Movin’ Together will now be a part of Home Page Extras – a new program with high quality, premium content for our Home Page Partners and VIP Members. Our broadcasts will encourage you to keep moving, with a new addition of showing each month a new movement to try – no need to go to a gym! And, of course, we will be doing giveaways to encourage you! Be sure to sign up at the link so you can continue to be inspired each month with these broadcasts!
From the Movin’ Together team – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Videography: Austin Dragovich
Video Editing: Austin Dragovich
Writing: Sara Vogt
Anchor: Sara Vogt, Lauren Gooch
Produced by Vogt Media
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