4 reasons to be kind today
It’s International Kindness Day today, which encourages us all to be kinder to one another. However, even though you might be doing someone else a favour with a random act of kindness, it can also be good for you! In fact, just a little bit of kindness on a regular basis can improve the quality of your life – here’s how…
Engaging in acts of kindness makes you happier
Sonja Lyubomirsky should know about this – she’s been studying happiness for over 20 years. She undertook some research recently, which found that performing kind acts for others once a week made people the happiest. Other research has linked kindness with a gene that releases dopamine into the brain, the hormone and neurotransmitter that makes us feel good.
Being kind can help you live longer
The ultimate in kindness is helping others and those who volunteer have been found to live longer. In fact, one study found that volunteering can reduce mortality rates by 22%. Another study showed that those volunteers who lived longer did it for selfless reasons rather than those who did it for more self-orientated reasons, such as feeling better about themselves.
Showing compassion can make you more successful
Generally people who are kind are also compassionate. Being able to tune-in better with other people and what they need has been proven to get your further at work. People trust you more, which in turn, may get you that promotion or payrise!
Helping others reduces stress
It may only be anecdotal, but people who volunteer regularly not only manage their stress better but also feel a stronger connection to their local community, which in turn makes them feel happier and less stressed. It’s not just volunteers that benefit from stress reduction – even small acts of kindness, such as giving up your seat on a packed train, can help bring down stress and make you feel more connected.