By: Dr. Pariksith Singh, MD. May 2021
Have you ever pulled up to a drive-thru window to pay for your coffee only to find out that the person in front of you already paid for your order? Has a stranger held the door open for you when your hands were full? Didn’t these experiences make you feel good?
Small random acts of kindness make lasting impressions on us and can also be beneficial to our health!
Ways to Practice Kindness
Whenever you share a random act of kindness with a friend, family member, or even a stranger, it has a contagious positive effect. Kindness is one of the best gifts you can give anyone., and it doesn’t cost a penny! You don’t need to spend a lot of money (or even any at all) to make someone feel special.
Here are a few ways you can offer random acts of kindness, and most of these are absolutely FREE!
When it comes to random acts of kindness, the possibilities are endless. Use your creativity and have fun with it!
Kindness is Good for Your Health
Even though the motivation behind doing kind things should be to brighten someone else’s day, there are benefits for you as well! Aside from feeling good about your desire to help others, every time you do something nice for someone, the reward center of the brain is triggered and chemicals in the brain are released! Studies show that hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin are released, which all contribute to positive mood-altering feelings.
Practicing compassion allows you to connect and empathize with others. Whenever we help others and experience these positive feelings, we’re motivated to keep repeating kind behaviors. Volunteering initiates feelings of purpose, offers an eye-opening perspective into others’ lives, and can be calming, especially for those struggling with anxiety or depression.
Only good things can come from doing nice things for other people, so try your best to fill this year with benevolence and positivity by celebrating small, random acts of kindness.
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