Random Acts of Kindness: They Matter in More Ways Than One
by Angelie Kapoor
I’m sure you’ve heard the term, “random act of kindness." At some point or another in your life you’ve probably been the receiver of such an act. It may have been an instance where someone helped you out of a tough situation when they could see you were having a difficult time or when a friend or stranger simply paid you a compliment out of nowhere. It can be a good deed, a caring word, a selfless act or just a small gift. Just a smile can brighten someone’s day. Small little gestures out of nowhere can really make a difference.
Did you know that such “random acts of kindness” actually have health benefits? No kidding! Take a look at some of the benefits of random acts of kindness.
Doing something nice for others can make you feel grateful for what you have. This is especially true when the receiver is less fortunate or in a tough spot. When you realize you’re able to give to others, it shines perspective on the abundance you actually have in your life.
Stepping out of ourselves in order to focus on others is another great way to gain renewed perspective. It also just makes you feel better! Seriously, feel-good hormones are released and you feel happier. Suddenly, your troubles don't seem quite as burdensome.
If you're still not quite convinced, a number of studies have shown a positive effect on mood when people engage in random acts of kindness. So, you’re bound to feel better about life in general when you do good deeds. Such as improved mood, less anxiety and higher energy levels. In fact, research shows that the pleasure and reward centers in the brain actually light up in those who perform these acts in much the same way as they respond in those receiving. It even has a name, “helper’s high.”
You might even feel physically better when you practice kindness. It’s been proven that endorphins are released in the brain after doing something for others. Endorphins are the hormones produced in the brain and nervous system often referred to as natural painkillers.
When you do something nice for others, they will likely recall that act with fondness. Random acts of kindness promote good feelings and increase connections. These bonds can lead to better relationships and lasting positive results.
These are just a few of the benefits that come from doing random acts of kindness. Remember, it doesn’t matter how small the act. Doing good always makes a positive difference to both the giver and the receiver.
Now go out there and do some good deeds not just because its good for others but because its good for you too!