A Novel Way to Uplift Any Environment
Armed with a portfolio of thousands of diverse and inspirational images from around the world, Envision Kindness is proud to introduce EnSpire, a new program to bring this uplifting content to people. EnSpire is designed to help people better connect with their own innate humanity and with each other. We know that greater joy, love, trust, optimism, and compassion will all follow.
Delivered as a video stream directly into impactful locations, EnSpire combines these potent images with other unique content including kind wisdom, humor & kindness, mindfulness exercises, and concepts in kindness and compassion. A sample video can be seen below.
Photo by Laura Silva
The Story Behind EnSpireTM
Our society is changing. Anxiety, depression, suicide, and addiction are all on the rise. Loneliness is a major problem affecting 50% of people despite being digitally “connected” to so many. And loneliness is a huge stressor that is associated with much higher death rates.
The visual diet that we consume, and the reliance on social media to substitute for quality interpersonal connections, are at least partly responsible.
People deserve to live a higher quality of life. One that is built on finding meaning through positive interpersonal connections. Achieving connection and meaning yields better mental and physical health and ultimately, genuine, sustainable happiness. People deserve a chance to attain greater happiness.
Kindness is a path to meaningful connection. Kindness connects people. Being kind to someone else conveys the message: “I see you. You matter. And we are connected.”
How can we help reconnect people to their innate humanity and to one another? Help them rebalance from daily stressors and disconnecting experiences?
We are wired to respond to kindness, including images of it. Images of kindness, compassion, and connection potently increase happiness, optimism, love, trust, gratitude, and sympathy.
That’s why we created EnSpire. To lift people up wherever they are. To create stronger connections. And to do it simply, quickly, and regularly. And we know it works very well. See more about our research below.
We’re Starting With Health Care
Did you know that health care providers have high rates of burnout, depression and suicide?
Many of the doctors, nurses, dentists, and others who are dedicated to improving the health of others, are suffering. Their suffering shows up in high rates of burnout, depression, and suicide that are about double that of the general population.
In addition to affecting them, their suffering is understandably linked to medical errors. So when providers experience these negative emotions, it affects their patients too.
Patients also have stress that affects them. They have their own problems and worries that can create new illnesses, worsen existing diseases, or even inhibit them from taking care of themselves. Patients, like providers, need to be uplifted.
That’s why we chose health care settings to launch EnSpire.
What if we could uplift both providers and patients, promote connection and lower stress?
Health care providers entered the profession because they want to help people. EnSpire* is designed to provide daily inspiration that stirs their innate humanity and reminds them of the reasons they do this work: because they care about others and want to be of service.
We want patients to benefit from it, too. And since stress is a major cause of disease, inspiring them similarly can be of benefit.
The video teaches about what EnSpire is and shows some samples of the content we hope to share with the world. And there’s much more.
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EnSpire Uplifts Viewers In Healthcare
Recent study documents the effects of EnSpire to positively shift emotion and increase caring behavior
In a randomized, comparator-controlled study in a pediatric health care clinic (dental), parents and staff were assigned to watch either EnSpire or commercial children’s television. In comparison to children’s television viewers, those who watched EnSpire were:
Much more inspired and
More generous, more often donating to a family need
People tended to be more optimistic and staff were less irritated. More than 8 out of 10 viewers of EnSpire (83%) wanted the clinic to continue to show it. A more detailed description of the study results have been published here.
Why Does Something So Simple Work So Well?
Kindness media taps into the innate need to connect with and care others. That is, living, sentient beings, including humans, are social animals. Evolutionary biologists have explained that in order to survive, we need to help each other and cooperate with one another. While self-preservation is a strong driver of thoughts and behaviors, so is helping others. Nature has given us mechanisms to reinforce this behavior, including the long-standing observation that being kind or even seeing kindness feels good. It is pleasurable.
Seeing kindness activates this neuropsychology of kindness and caring. Multiple laboratory-based studies have shown that short kindness videos can positively change emotion, increase donations, and improve the sense of being connected to other people. This last point has ramifications for diversity and inclusion and the social and political polarization we are now experiencing.
It is also well known that feeling more connected to others in a meaningful way (not solely via social media) is a potent antidote to stress. So the promotion of kindness can promote better mental and physical health through connection. It can help with loneliness, anxiety, and likely many of the disorders that stress causes or worsens. To learn more about this, please see this paper published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, entitled “Kindness as a stress reduction-health promotion intervention. A review of the psychobiology of caring.”
How Does Kindness Media Differ From Relaxation Media?
Relaxation media is generally characterized by scenes of nature. Forests, sunsets, plants, beaches, etc., all have a very relaxing quality that has been established sometime ago.
Kindness media appears to possess the same feature of relaxation media to help instill a more calm and peaceful feeling. In addition, kindness media does something else: it uplifts or elevates the viewer and promotes happiness, optimism, gratitude, and trust. It also promotes positive interpersonal connection. Beyond self-reports of emotional shifts, the most evident sign of positive interpersonal connection is generosity. Viewers are consistently willing to donate or volunteer after exposure to kindness media.
Let us know if you would like to bring EnSpire to your local health care center.
We will work with you to integrate this programming into your health care center.
EnSpire will be broadcast to patients and providers in waiting areas and clinic corridors.
Community members will feel the benefits of increased kindness, happiness, and trust in their lives.
Are you interested in learning more about EnSpire?
If you would like us to notify you when EnSpire is available for subscription, please sign up here. We look forward to the possibility of bringing kindness, joy, and connection to your work environment.