A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

Kindness is contagious and doesn’t cost a thing.

Kindness is an investment. Good karma is the return.

Money makes you rich. Kindness makes you great.

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

Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.

Choose kindness…It matters.

Do good. Be great. Believe there is good in the world.

Be kind to others. Your random act of kindness might become someone’s best lifetime memory.

Sometimes, a single random act of kindness can become the spark that ignites a revolution.

Be nice to people. Sometimes, a smile is all it takes to start a chain of kindness.

Be kind to others without expecting anything in return. Karma is keeping a tab.

Kindness may be blind but it is the most eye-opening feeling one can get. Thanks for being kind.

Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.

Have courage and be kind.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. - Mark Twain

When words are both true and kind, they can change the world. —Buddha

Be a little kinder than you have to. —E. Bennett

Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. —Malala Yousafzai

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. —Mahatma Gandhi

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. —Robert Louis Stevenson

Believe there is good in the world.—Unknown

The world is full of kind people...If you can't find one, be one. - Unknown

Kindness is free; Let's pass it on. - Unknown

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. - Vincent Van Gogh

We don't have to agree on anything to be kind to one another. - Unknown

If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that. - Unknown

Every act of kindness creates a ripple with no end. - Unknown

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. - Jane Goodall

Go be kind. - Unknown

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. - Maya Angelou

Coping with Seasonal S.A.D.-ness

S.A.D. is a well-designed anacronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, it occurs for people around the same time of year—usually for those living in a region with minimal sunlight and especially during the fall or winter. Common symptoms for your mental state include lack of interest, irritability or anxiety. It also can show up physically in drowsiness, weight gain or headaches.

S.A.D. is a form of depression and while we’re not health care professionals, we know how the long and cold New England winter months may attract some of those feelings. As always, consult your doctor first.

Usually, seasonal sadness is caused by the lack of sunlight. However, there are several ways to add more light to your day!

Get Outside – The easiest is to spend time outdoors. A quick walk around your neighborhood or simply standing and breathing the fresh air for 15 minutes could turn your day around.

Vitamin D – If you cannot get outside, look into Vitamin D supplements or a special light for Light Therapy. Both of these provide your body with the “sunlight” it craves during dark winter months. Exposure to natural sunlight is said to boost serotonin levels, aka one of the happy hormones!

Be Kind to Yourself – Set realistic expectations of yourself, stay connected with your loved ones, focus on nutrition and movement, and ask for professional help when you need it.

The winter months (especially during a pandemic) are so tough. While the cold months after the holidays may feel like a drag—especially if that rogue snow storm in May hits— we will all be enjoying the warm sunshine our amazing region has to offer again soon.

Be well, brighter days are ahead!

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