You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”—Malcolm S. Forbes
Like all things that exist, there is science behind it. Science being the understanding of something. Just because science doesn’t understand something fully YET, doesn’t mean there is not science BEHIND it.
A hundred years ago, people would not understand the science behind kindness – but it’s been prevalent in spiritual advice for aeons! But now, we’ve a growing understanding about the SCIENCE of why….
…kindness is good for you!!
YES! Kindness IS good for YOU!
So here’s a bit of the science behind kindness….
KINDNESS RELEASES SEROTONIN
Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) is a chemical neurotransmitter, a chemical messenger within the brain. Serotonergic neurons (a nerve impulse transmitting cell) project to many parts of the brain so it can affect many different behaviours.
There are studies that show that giving, receiving and indeed startlingly, even WITNESSING acts of kindness can increase Serotonin levels! Kindness, therefore, seems to prove to have an exponential benefit for all involved.
“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace” – Dalai Lama
A study of toddlers involved in giving away crackers, whom then displayed increased happiness, seem to also suggest that we are predisposed to kindness as a species. I have always believed this to be the case! Let me show you my thinking behind WHY:
If we could wipe the minds (stay with me, not scary, honest!) of ALL humans, and wipe hate from the records so we could not be influenced by past traumas/experience/conditioning etc and we were given one simple choice – remember, there is NO previous influence, do you think people would…
…CHOOSE TO BE:
A: A kind person.
B: A “spiteful”, hate filled, person.
What would most choose? If perceived survival, anxieties, fears, etc were all irrelevant? How many would choose from a completely clean, clear and healthy mind to choose hate? Any? Maybe – but I have seen from my own interactions how much of human behaviour is simply misunderstood/miscommunication and fear based. Kindness does not know fear. It gives to give. Not to receive! But the benefits are being shown to be HUGE. It may even increase our ability to deal with difficult situations, and help our immune system!! I would wager that there are more benefits out there. Myriad of.
So, with all that said, & without further ado! Here are my:
8 Simple ways to be kind TODAY & boost your mood!
Here’s a helpful list of easy kindnesses you can do, to help you, and others, feel better & us ALL to move towards a more positive world, one simple step at a time!
- Hold a door open for someone
- Pay for a coffee for the person behind you, or leave one for a homeless person in coffee shops that support it (and some do).
- Wish a stranger a nice day, safely of course, like a checkout person or something! (I ALWAYS do this, ask them how their day is, and try to leave a little joy behind me!)
- Send a text message to a friend or mail a family member you don’t see so often, just asking after them.
- Volunteer somewhere
- Retweet a few more tweets with positive messages – especially ones from organisations doing good work, it costs you nothing, and you’ll see me say this often!
- Help an elderly neighbour (ESPECIALLY with winter coming up!) who you know may need it – or just pop around and have a cup of tea and chat with them! Take them a little gift you know they like – cake or something – or a Brandy if they’re like the elderly I know – who are wise in age, and mostly mischievous, not boring!!
- Put a few pence in a tin you trust, and wish the person holding it a good day & recognise that person is giving their time to something positive, and let them know you see that.
I could go on and on. They are EASY to do!! Most of those, and many more cost NOTHING, and often very little time either!! When that spreads out, more often than not I would imagine, it will spread out further as well. And if someone does a little one for you? Be GRATEFUL! Because practising gratitude is also helpful in you feeling BETTER!
It’s simple, it’s easy, often costs little in time/expenditure – so what excuse is there not to try with all those obvious benefits for so little effort?
So, what little kindness are you going to perform today? Let me know in the comments section below if you wish :))
Thank you for reading!