Because being kind is an enjoyable experience! It makes you feel good, useful, alive… it validates you as a human being. When you are kind it also triggers a number of beneficial physical and psychological responses. The most obvious is the ‘feel good’ sensation, also known as the ‘helper’s high’.
When you do something kind, your body rewards you by releasing endorphins, which create the feel good experience and have the capacity to reduce or even block pain signals to the brain. People suffering from physical or psychological pain can experience real relief when they carry out an act of kindness.
The person who receives a kind act experiences the ‘feel good’ response, too. It’s just a nice experience when someone smiles at you, thanks you, compliments you, or helps you in some way. It creates a bond, and in that moment there is a greater sense of worth about yourself and people in general. And there is scientific proof! It has been scientifically proven that regular, small acts of kindness have a positive effect on not only your physical and mental well-being, but also on your longevity. Kindness is not only a feel good experience, it is also beneficial for your health!
So make kindness the norm this World Kindness Day.