Impact of Kindness

Impact of Kindness

Dr Wayne Dyer, author of several bestsellers, highlights the impact of kindness in his latest book, The Power of Intention thus: "Research has shown that a simple act of kindness directed towards another improves the functioning of the immune system and stimulates the production of serotonin in both the recipient of kindness and the person extending kindness. Even more amazing is that persons observing the act of kindness have similar beneficial results. Imagine this! Kindness extended, received or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feeling of everyone involved."

On the eve of Christmas, the members of Inner Wheel Club of Thane Hills (IWCTH) performed many such acts of kindness by visiting three orphanages/ashrams in and around Thane city. First they went to Premdaan at Airoli, a shelter for destitute women and children. The inmates got a chance to participate in an entertainment programme organised by IWCTH members. One of the members of IWCTH, Sucheta Rege, dressed up as Santa Claus, and distributed an assortment of useful stuff including sweets, snacks, cake pieces, cookies, soaps and gifts to the 225 inmates of Premdaan. Identifying their needs, the members contributed personally to donate 30 new mosquito nets and 170 new garments to the inmates.

After Premdaan, the IWCTH members went to Aasra at Kalwa. Again, they spent time with the 22 boys who live there, donated breakfast provisions for a month including Complan, butter, cheese, biscuits, and wafers for a month. Since it was time for children to study, the members left them soon, but not without a promise to come back soon – this time with a pair of slippers, for which the 22 boys requested.

Next, 18 girls from Divyaprabha at Vartak Nagar Thane got new frocks, new bed sheets and pillow covers. These girls also got an opportunity to participate and win prizes in handwriting and drawing competitions. Later, there was a poetry recitation and a story-telling session. The thrilled girls, aged between five and 12, expressed their desire to go for a buggy ride. So IWCTH members have decided to fulfil their wish on new year’s eve. They will not only take the girls for a buggy ride but and will also invite them for the new year celebration party where the girls will eat, dance, win more prizes and have lots of fun.

The time spent with the homeless and the destitute means a lot to them. It gives them hope and makes them feel loved and cared for. And what better gift on Christmas than love! IWCTH president Sarmistha Chowdhury says happily, "The joy on the faces of children and women made our effort worthwhile." From Dr Dyer’s testimony of positive impact of kindness, it is easy to assess the happiness of both the recipients of kindness at the three shelter homes and the members of IWCTH who extended that kindness.

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