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Kindness: Giving Support to Families with Differently-abled Children

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By Dr Krystal-Jane Verasammy

At first glance, it may seem obvious what ‘kindness’ means. It may mean different things to different people. The true definition of kindness is the act of giving without the expectation of something in return. Being kind does not need to cost anything. Moreover, being kind to families with children who are differently-abled can make a huge difference. Any act of kindness and compassion by family, friends and the community would be deeply appreciated, especially during this time of global uncertainty and unpredictability.

Evidence suggests that kindness has benefits at a personal and community level. Science tells us that acts of kindness trigger our ‘feel-good’ hormones. This reduces stress and improves emotional wellbeing, as we feel more satisfied and happier. It also reduces isolation and increases our sense of belonging. Thus, we feel more connected, and part of a community. Overall, collective mental health is improved.

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