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 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.
Stigma surrounding depression is lifting
Depression has received a good deal of attention lately with national movements like R U Ok Day and World Mental Health Day. It has been stated that over twenty percent of the population is affected by depression at some time during their life. Depression feeds on being introspective and dwelling on our problems to drive us deeper into the pit depression. When you practice kindness you place attention onto someone else and when you do this you have essentially put your depression ‘on hold’. Your acts of kindness may give you the chance to see your own situation from a different perspective which could result in being able to find new ways to seek relief from your depressed state.
Small bonds formed by kind acts
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.
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!
Some food for thought!
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