The power of kindness is often overlooked in our over-worked, under-paid, over-stressed and generally selfish society. We are so consumed in the functions of our day to day routines that we have trouble finding a simple moment to show kindness and another to reap the benefits of showing kindness.
I truly think the issue is deeper than simply the business of modern society. I believe kindness isn’t something that is being taught anymore. I so rarely experience kindness from strangers, especially in the younger generations. And who’s fault is that? Ours. Entirely. We must teach these children how to be kind. It isn’t a natural skill that we are born with. We must learn it. If not by our parents, then by our teachers, our friends and the people we are surrounded with.
Here are the 5 powers of kindness:
- “Helpers High.” This term is used to explain the increase of dopamine in the brain when you do something kind. Being kind literally makes you happy.
- It’s contagious. The phrase “kindness is contagious” has been around for as long as I can remember. And it’s so true. If someone expresses kindness to me, I am much more inclined to express kindness to them. We mirror people, it’s human nature. We give what we hope to receive. And, in most cases, if we give kindness, we will get it back.
- Serotonin releases when you are kind. It’s like a natural anti-depressant. Not to say it can replace anti-depressants by any means. But, it sure can’t hurt!
- Improved Relationships: Studies have shown that an act of kindness in todays busy world can snap people out of their bad moods and let them step outside of themselves for a moment. Especially when a random act of kindness is performed. I have literally made friends with someone simply because they held the door open when my hands were full.
- Healthier Hearts: Displaying kindness lowers your blood pressure. It literally helps your heart stay healthy.
If these aren’t reasons to teach, display and engage in kind activities, I don’t know what is.
So please, go out into the world and be kind to a stranger. Pay for their coffee, leave a kind note in a book, give someone a baked cookie.
Simple things go such a long way.