At Kindagious we provide interactive experiences and games for individuals, families, groups and organizations who are seeking to embrace a culture of kindness while having fun and strengthening their community.
What are we about?
Does any of this sound familiar?
- You’re looking for an excuse to play like you did when you were a kid.
- You don’t really feel connected to your co-workers, boss, clients or even those in your community.
- You are often tired, stressed out or just not feeling physically at your best.
- There are days when even surrounded by others you feel lonely.
- You know it’s important to teach your kids to be kind or compassionate, but what does that mean?
Raise your hand if any of those apply, even a little, to you and your life. It’s ok, nobody is looking at you – raise your hand high in the air. You know why nobody is looking? Because they are busy raising their hands too! You aren’t alone.
We are living in a fast-paced world where disconnection, loneliness, and miscommunication are on the rise causing more than emotional and social issues as science now shows they are having a detrimental effect on our health. Yes, that is serious and a HUGE BUMMER but I have good news for you – that doesn’t have to be your future or even your present. Implementing kindness, compassion and play into your life is a powerful antidote to the problems you face everyday.
Kindness has a wide array of positive effects, starting with the physical. Engaging in kind acts produces both oxytocin , which lowers blood pressure, and serotonin, which enhances well being. It is also associated with increased energy, a higher pain threshold, and a longer life span. The social and emotional benefits include: decreased anxiety, decreased stress – lower cortisol levels, and, reduced levels of depression. Kindness also builds connection which reduces loneliness. Lastly, kindness is both teachable, reduces bullying and is contagious which is why it is important to start teaching children from very young ages.
Hi, my name is Jennifer Jines and I am the creator and Chief Visionary Officer here at Kindagious. But more importantly I am somebody just like you trying to find a way to have more fun, make the world a kinder place and feel more connected to the many beautiful humans in my life (husband, kids, parents, siblings, friends, future friends – you get the idea) as well as those I don’t know or have yet to meet. I am also fascinated by humans and their sometimes quirky behavior so I received my B.A. in Psychology from George Mason University followed by a years-long “Do it yourself Masters” in Childhood/Adolescent Psychology aka Parenthood.
The years went on and Positive Psychology came on my radar. The study of what makes life living, of what is going WELL, and centered around the idea that other people matter. I got my Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) and am now a Positive Psychology practitioner. The formal study confirmed what I unofficially knew to be true. Kindness, compassion, play, connection and exercise are vital to a thriving life. Not nice to have, but vital.
Prior to CAPP I had started Kindagious – a play on the concept that kindness is contagious. Yes, it’s a made up word so you have to say it a few times for it to feel “right”. Kindagious began as a small community of people who were interested in both seeing the kind in the world and celebrating it and also being the kind in the world through random acts of kindness. As I delved into the coursework I felt the mission of Kindagious change to include play and exercise and sought to find a way to incorporate those elements.
One of my secret guilty pleasures in life is scavenger hunts. If you’d like to see my medal for first place at the Getty Museum scavenger hunt please feel free to ask! Kindness Quest is the brainchild of the intersection of my love of hunts and the tenets of Positive Psychology that literally propels me out of bed in the morning – I assume hyperbole is ok on your own About page. It does, in all seriousness, line up as closely to a life’s purpose as I’ve been able to verbalize. I am absolutely in my best when I am helping others explore ways to be kind, showing others how kindness is FUN, showing others that moments of kindness have a ripple effect for ourselves and everyone we encounter, and, how incredibly easy and painless it is to extend kindness to people we encounter daily. A win-win combo of DOING good and FEELING good.
Kindagious is about seeing the kind and being the kind every day, with everyone you meet. You don’t have to know them, or if you do you don’t have to agree with them on every issue, but you do owe it to yourself (and them) to be kind.
I’d love to have the opportunity to welcome you into the growing community of people realizing that they themselves can make the world a kinder place and have so much fun along the way.
Join us on the Quest and let’s take a journey where none of us knows where it will end! Are you in?
What do we believe?
- Kindness is universal and transcends national, religious, political and socioeconomic boundaries
- Kindness leads to positive healthy human connection
- Kindness builds trust
- Kindness builds community
- Kindness inspires kindness
- Kindness promotes physical and emotional health
- Kindness is needed by all – not just the lovable
- Kindness is the path forward for a peaceful harmonious world