by Cheryl Moreo
Yes, I know Random Acts of Kindness Week was in February. But, the world is in such turmoil with COVID, shootings, elections, and explosions. I thought this might be a good time to do more random acts of kindness. What do you think?
You have probably been the recipient of a random act of kindness in your lifetime. Think back to an instance when someone saw you were having difficulty and helped you out of a tough situation or when a friend simply paid you a compliment out of the blue. A sweet surprise like this can really make a difference. Did you also know such experiences can also be good for your health and overall well-being? It ís true. A random act of kindness can be a good deed, a caring word, a selfless act, or a small gift. Even a smile can brighten someone’s day. Take a look at some of the benefits of acts of kindness.
Before we get into the meat of this series, I would like to share a post by Dr. Eugene K. Choi entitled, “[COVID-19] One Important Recommendation You May Not be Hearing.”
When the recipient of your act is less fortunate than you or in a tight spot, you may feel grateful for your blessings. When you realize you can give even the smallest bit of yourself to someone else, it shines perspective on the abundance you have in your life.
Stepping out of ourselves and focusing on someone else is another excellent way to gain a renewed perspective. Plus, doing good makes you feel better. It releases feel-good hormones and increases your happiness. Suddenly, your troubles may seem a bit less burdensome.
Numerous studies show a positive effect on mood when people engage in random acts of kindness. You are bound to feel better about life in general when you do good deeds. Improved mood, less anxiety, and higher energy levels can be the result of performing acts of kindness. Research shows that the pleasure and reward centers of the brain light up in those who perform these random acts of kindness. It even has a name, and that ís “helper’s high.”
You might even feel physically better when you practice kindness. It has been proven that endorphins are released in the brain after doing something for someone else. Endorphins are hormones produced in the brain and nervous system. They are often referred to as natural painkillers for their pain-reducing abilities.
Results in Better Relationships
Yes, acts of kindness matter.
When you do something for another person, they will naturally recall that act with fondness. Random acts of kindness promote good feelings among people and increase connections. These bonds can lead to better relationships and lasting positive interpersonal results.
These are merely a handful of the rewards that come from doing random acts of kindness. Remember, it doesn’t matter how small the gesture. Doing good always makes a positive difference to both the giver and the recipient.
To get you started, here is a calendar from Random Acts of Kindness.org.