Kindness – noun – the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
Kindness is often seen as a selfless act, one that we perform to assist others without expecting anything in return. However, research has shown that the act of kindness can bring a great deal of satisfaction and happiness to the person who performs the act. I have always looked and revelled in helping others through random acts of kindness which I realize always brings in satisfaction and makes me more real and humane.
Always being one who has refrained from wilfully hurting anyone and being conscious of the fact that my actions have far reaching consequences even if I cannot see them just then, being kind has always been a huge part of what I believe in and who I am.
The Science of Kindness
Studies have found that performing acts of kindness can lead to an increase in the production of the hormone oxytocin, which is associated with feelings of happiness and well-being. Additionally, performing acts of kindness can activate the brain’s reward centres, leading to a “helper’s high” and a sense of satisfaction. Somewhere down my memory, these studies and some observations by researchers has stayed and it always made sense.
Furthermore, studies have also found that receiving acts of kindness can lead to an increase in feelings of gratitude and happiness. So not only does performing acts of kindness bring satisfaction to the person performing the act, but it also has a positive impact on the person receiving the act of kindness. And the feelings of delight & gratification help each side feel good about themselves and lead to them being content and happy.
Types of Kindness
While I sit oft and dwell on my thoughts about innumerable things, I have often thought of whether we could categorize kindness into different types. For acts of kindness can take many forms, from simple gestures like helping someone when they are sick, to larger acts like volunteering or donating to charity through money or one’s time & services. But in all this the important thing is never the size of the act, but the intention behind it. The genuine sense of purpose and the well-meaning act itself is what counts. Always!
Performing acts of kindness, I feel become particularly beneficial when and only when they are done without the expectation of receiving anything in return. It is when we perform acts of kindness purely out of a desire to help others, that we experience a greater sense of satisfaction and equanimity and self-assurance.
The Benefits of Kindness
I have felt that my acts of kindness come from a sense of caring for someone and feeling strongly for them or a cause and it brings on not only satisfaction, but also mental peace, happiness, and physical well-being because I feel good that I could be of help to someone, somewhere.
It goes a long way in helping us to build stronger and more meaningful relationships with others. We also end up creating a more positive and supportive social network of being there for others. This can lead to a greater sense of belonging and connection, which is important for our overall well-being.
Kindness is not only a selfless act, but also one that can bring a great deal of joy, satisfaction and happiness to the person performing the act. As we strengthen our relationships with others, and create a happier world around us, our small, meaningful acts of being there for others, caring for them, listening in and connecting and staying in touch can surprised us about the satisfaction it brings to our own lives, apart from those of others.
The world becomes a better place due to our kindness.
This post is a part of #BlogchatterA2Z 2023
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Your recent blog post on the power of kindness was truly heartwarming. The personal anecdotes you shared really emphasized how small acts of kindness can have a huge impact on others.
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