18 June 2015
Engaging in random acts of kindness can boost our health and happiness. Whether we give, receive or observe the good deed, we reap the benefits.
How does acting kind help our wellbeing?
Physiological research shows that being kind can improve our emotional, physical and social wellbeing. Performing a selfless kind act can:
Lift our mood
When we perform a kind act we enhance our emotional wellbeing. Giving a thoughtful gift or complimenting a stranger on their work ethic makes us feel good as a person. Research reveals that doing a kind deed for no reason can increase our self-esteem and lift our mood. In other words, being kind makes us happy.
Gives us a healthier heart
According to Dr. David R. Hamilton, acts of kindness are good for our heart. When we are kind to others our body releases a hormone known as oxytocin. Oxytocin triggers the release of a chemical called nitric oxide which dilates the blood vessels. As a result, our blood pressure reduces and protects our heart.
Start a ripple effect of kind acts
By definition a random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual. When we receive a kind gesture we feel a sense of gratitude. In many cases this feeling causes a ripple effect; the receiver wants to do something thoughtful for someone else.
Watch this YouTube video to see the “Kindness Boomerang.”
Helps us build relationships
Kindness reduces emotional distance between people and creates a bond. Through doing something kind for someone we can build new bonds and strengthen current ones. You could make a new friend just by helping your neighbour carry their groceries.
So why not do something unexpectedly kind for someone else today? Here are 101 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness to help you get started.