Anyone who has willingly visited an orphanage to give to the fatherless or has given to another worthy cause will probably tell you that they felt a sense of happiness doing what they did. People struggle with being kind, so we want to offer 3 ways kindness makes you happier.
That’s just the way it is; genuine kindness brings happiness in the heart of the giver.
The good news is: you don’t have to make donations to charities to show kindness. You can show kindness to the people around you by being helpful, by being a source of encouragement to others, and sometimes, by overlooking the wrong things that people do to you.
God Himself is our Model of kindness, imagine giving your only child to die for the sins of other people, including the ones that didn’t acknowledge him. Think about how Jesus offered His life for us, while we were still His enemies (sinners). We truly have no excuse not to live a life of kindness.
A life of kindness is a life of satisfaction and happiness, even science proves it. When you perform acts of kindness, your serotonin and dopamine levels rise. Serotonin and dopamine are neurotransmitters that elicit feelings of satisfaction and well-being by triggering the reward/pleasure center in your brain. How then can you not have feelings of happiness?
3 ways showing kindness brings you happiness:
1. Kindness Gives You Power
If you have ever helped someone in need, perhaps by taking a meal to a grieving friend, seeing them light up because of your act of kindness can give you an internal boost. Knowing that you made someone’s day better can help you feel confident and empowered.
No, you can’t change the world. But you can make a little difference in your corner. These little differences are what add up to make significant impact.
2. Kindness Fills Your Heart With Peace
Showing acts of kindness can fill your heart with peace, both in the literal and figurative sense. Showing kindness releases the oxytocin hormone in your system. Oxytocin triggers the secretion of a chemical called Nitric Oxide in the blood vessels. Nitric Oxide dilates the blood vessels, thus lessening the blood pressure.
Also, kindness fills you with peace because every act of kindness you show makes the lives of the people you help a little more better.
3. Kindness helps you live a wholesome life
What is the purpose of life if we can’t positively impact the lives of other people? Living a life of kindness can improve your emotional strength, self-esteem, empathy, self-awareness, and mental health. Kindness helps you build better relationships and gives you a good reputation.
A wholesome life fills you with peace and happiness, it makes people warm up to you because of your contagious happiness, and it attracts opportunities for you.
November 13 is the day the world celebrates kindness. But individually, we should celebrate kindness in our lives every day. Don’t let your kindness be an event or an activity you engage in from time to time. Kindness is genuine when it is a part of your identity. It will show in the way you talk to others and in the decisions you make.
As we wrap up the year 2022, work on making kindness a core part of your being before the year runs out. Bet you, you will have a greater 2023 with that.