160: How to create a life full of kindness – with Dr. Eva Ritvo

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It feels like part of the healing process to get the world back on track with things is to create a life full of kindness. I mean, what if kindness was part of the answer to reigniting your joy and forging deeper connections with others? Count me in!

My special guest today is psychiatrist Dr. Eva Ritvo and she’s simplifying how to create a life full of kindness.  There’s a wave of change (have you felt it, too?) where “kind media” is becoming more prominent in our culture. Shows like The Great British Bake Off and RuPaul’s Drag Race are paving the way, showing us how when we are kind to others, our hearts expand in empathy and compassion. We gain greater understanding of people who may not look, think, act or even, vote like us. 

And maybe, just maybe… This might be the balm we need to squash the polarization, prejudice, and isolation we feel at times, too. But first, it starts within, finding kindness for yourself.

Here’s how.

My special guest today is Dr. Eva Ritvo and she’s simplifying how to create a life full of kindness.

We tackle all aspects of it, including:

  • What she learned whilst studying the science behind kindness… what the benefits are when we focus our lives more around kindness, rather than animosity
  • In this day in age of isolation and disconnection due to the pandemic, she share where we must begin to attract kindness in our lives first and how to do it
  • A few simple, practical ways to be more kind yourself, starting today, especially if your harsh inner critic has been louder than usual 
  • How to be kind to others, including our “household bubble”, our clients, our co-workers, our neighbors and strangers, in big or small ways
  • …and ultimately, she talked about the biggest lessons she learned when compiling the stories for her book, Bekindr.

This entire conversation reminds me of a delightful memory from long ago. I was shopping at one of those big box stores for new clothes and didn’t have time to try things on. So, I just bought a few things, brought them home, and whatever fit, I would keep… the rest I would return. 

Well, one was a jean skirt that fit just right, perfect for the warmer days ahead. And as I sunk my hands down in the pockets, I found a small piece of paper inside. I opened it up and much to my delight, someone snuck a little handwritten note in my pocket that said:

 “you are strong enough!” 

In a split second, my heart swelled with love, smiling ear to ear and reveling at how sweet this kind gesture was from a stranger. How simple of an act of kindness it was (and sneaky too!) And I was reminded of the kindness of humanity… we are all part of a collective consciousness, we are ONE. I was so grateful for the kindness and encouragement  of this person. This little note stayed affixed on my bathroom mirror for months afterwards. Maybe kindness is in fact, what the world needs now.

Q: Are you wanting to create a life full of kindness? If yes, this one is for you.

It’s time to #DoTheThing!

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My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and focus on creating a life full of kindness this week? What’s one thing you’ll do differently? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

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About Dr. Eva Ritvo

Dr. Eva Ritvo – She is a psychiatrist with almost 30  years of experience practicing in Miami Beach. She is the author of Bekindr – the transformative power of kindness and the founder of the Bekindr Global Initiative,  a movement to bring more kindness in the world.  

She is also the co-founder of the Bold Beauty Project  (BBP), a nonprofit that pairs women with disabilities with award-winning photographers to create art exhibitions to raise awareness.

Where Dr. Eva hangs out online:

Website: bekindr.com

Website: boldbeautyproject.com

Instagram: @bekindrs

Instagram: @boldbeautyproject

Instagram: @beautyprescription

Facebook: @bekindrs

Dr. Eva’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Dr. Wendy Walsh – She is a journalist, psychologist, professor and as the host of the podcast, Mating Matters, Dr. Wendy uses science, personal interviews and examples from pop culture to reveal the secret evolutionary motivation for most every human behavior: Mating Strategy. It’ll help you understand yourself better in every way. In 2017, she bravely spoke out about victims of sexual harassment at Fox News and was named a Time Magazine Person of the Year.

Dr Eva Ritvo

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