We live in extremely fast and competitive times. To keep up, we have a tendency to be aggressive and strong headed. So we overlook one of the most basic attributes of human nature – kindness. Why? Because being kind is optional. We don’t have to be kind; we don’t owe it to anyone. But kindness is not a task, it’s a sentiment.
Being nice to others doesn’t come with a price tag — it’s free, and it’s guaranteed to multiply your happiness. You know what they say, the more you give, the more you get.
Still need a reason to be kind? Here are three:
3. Kindness Keeps You Young
Believe it or not, random acts of kindness could help slow down the ageing process. Just as stress, anger and anxiety are associated with ageing, kindness is said to have the opposite effect on the body.
As you might know, oxidation speeds up ageing, while antioxidants help combat it. When we’re being kind, our bodies increase the production of a powerful antioxidant called oxytocin.
2. It Makes You Happier
Happiness is something we all covet, and a lot of us try to attain it by spending time and money on ourselves.
However, researchers have discovered that “happy people are ten times more likely to be other-oriented than self-centred. This suggests that happiness is a by-product of helping others, rather than the result of its pursuit.”
So while happiness is not a choice, kindness surely is.
What’s more, it also improves your mental health. For example, if you are volunteering at an orphanage, you feel connected to the kids you are helping. This reduces the sense of isolation and loneliness commonly felt in depression.
Helping others also gives you a sense of purpose, and boosts the production of serotonin, aka the ‘happiness hormone’.
3. It Shapes a Better World for You
Although the events in the world today might indicate otherwise, we are hardwired to be giving.
Several studies have proved that kindness comes to us naturally; it is only when we overthink it that we tend to make selfish decisions. Since kindness is in our basic nature, it catches on quite easily.
This heartwarming video by Life Vest Inside shows just how contagious a single act of kindness can be. You can help make the world humane without even going out of your way!
While there is a widespread misconception — especially in our generation — that being kind makes one soft, weak and vulnerable, the truth is far from it. Being kind, and caring for others, is a mark of strength, decency and high self-esteem.
If we want to retain some good in this world, we must celebrate generosity in both, our personal and professional lives. Because it really is better to give than to receive. Don’t you agree?
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