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August 25, 2022

Cedar Trails Senior Living Demonstrates Acts of Kindness During Be Kind to Humankind Week

Category: Wellness

Author: Staci Jenkins, Director of Wellness

Kindness is defined as doing something toward yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference. Kindness is shown to increase self-esteem and mood, decrease stress levels, improve relationships, slow aging, and is accompanied by emotional warmth. Research shows kindness and mental health are deeply connected.

We at Cedar Trails Senior Living know that one act of kindness can lead to many more. Kindness is contagious and it begins with you!

Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. To me, kindness is more than that. Kindness is a way of life; to be kind to all living things, regardless of whether you receive anything in return.

Sometimes all it takes is for an act of kindness to be presented to someone, then that person, in turn, is kind to someone else. Complimenting a coworker, holding the door for a resident’s family, or even just a smile for a stranger are all ways to encourage kindness that puts a smile on someone’s face.

When we are kind to others, they are more likely to be kind to someone else. One small smile can cause a ripple effect, spreading kindness all around them.

Kindness is important to a person’s health and well-being. Being kind can be good for a person. Kindness can help reduce stress and improve emotional well-being. It can increase self-esteem and compassion for others. Because of the effects kindness can have on the human body, such as decreasing blood pressure and cortisol, kindness may even allow a person to live longer. Kindness makes a person happier, can improve relationships, and may slow aging.

Cedar Trails Senior Living practices kindness each day with every resident, whether they live in Independent Living, Assisted Living, or Memory Care. Arrow Senior Living believes “Acts of Kindness can drive change in the world.” We hope kindness finds its way to and from you.

Cedar Trails Senior Living in Freeburg, IL offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near St. Elizabeth’s Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including The Orchards Golf Club, Target, Eckerts Belleville Farm, Braeutigam Orchards, and the Belle Clair fairgrounds & Expo Center.

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