You’ve surely been the recipient of a random act of kindness at some point in your lifetime.
Think back to an instance in which someone has helped you out of a tough situation when they could see you were having difficulty or when a friend simply paid you a compliment out of the blue. A sweet surprise like this can really make a difference.
Did you also know such experiences can also be good for your health and overall well-being? It’s true.
A random act of kindness can be a good deed, caring word, selfless act or a small gift. Even a smile can brighten someone’s day.
How Random Acts of Kindness Improve Your Well-Being
Doing something nice for someone else helps you feel grateful for your own blessings. This is especially true when the recipient of your act is less fortunate than you or in a tough spot. When you realize you’re able to give even the smallest bit of yourself to someone else, it shines perspective on the abundance that you have in your life.
Stepping out of ourselves in order to focus on someone else is another great way to gain renewed perspective. Plus, doing good just makes you feel better. It releases feel-good hormones and increases your happiness. Suddenly, your troubles may seem a bit less burdensome.
Improves Your Mood
Numerous studies have shown a positive effect on mood when people engage in random acts of kindness. You’re bound to feel better about life in general when you do good deeds. An improved mood, less anxiety and higher energy levels have all been linked to performing random acts of kindness. In fact, research has proven that the pleasure and reward centers of the brain actually light up in those who perform these acts in much the same way as they respond in the recipients. It even has a name, and that’s “helper’s high.”
You may even feel physically better when you practice kindness. It’s been proven that endorphins are released in the brain after doing something nice for someone else. Endorphins are the feel-good hormones produced in the brain and nervous system. They’re often referred to as natural painkillers for their pain reducing abilities.
When you do something nice for another person, they will naturally associate that act with fondness. Random acts of kindness promote good feelings among people and increase connections. These bonds can lead to longer lasting and more positive relationships.
Remember, it doesn’t matter how small the gesture. Doing good always makes a positive difference to both the giver and the recipient.