Not only does a single kind action brighten the day of the person who receives it, kindness benefits the giver as well. studies show that humans are naturally inclined to be generous and compassionate toward one another.
The Life-Changing Benefits of Altruism
Altruism may improve your mental and physical health, boost your self-esteem, create meaning and purpose in your life and foster a connection to your community.
- Doing good will make you feel good. When you do something nice for someone else, your brain releases two powerful mood boosters: dopamine and endogenous opioids. experts call this "helper's high," and it's also found to reduce stress and lower anxiety and depression.
- It'll boost your health. Helping someone face-to-face triggers your body to release oxytocin, a bonding hormone that's also responsible for lowering blood pressure and protecting your cardiovascular system. Kindness also activates the vagus nerve, which controls the inflammation in the body.
- You'll live longer. People who volunteer tend to live longer than those who don't.
10 Free Random Acts of Kindness
It only takes a second to be kind and courteous to someone. Try one of these suggestions today.
- Hug your loved ones, and always take the opportunity to tell them you love them.
- Hold the door open for the person walking behind you.
- Offer your seat to someone on the bus or train.
- Writ a note of praise to the manager of someone who has helped you (e.g., your waiter/waitress, a helpful flight attendant, the customer service representative who solved your problem, etc.)
- Write something funny, kind, or inspiring on a sticky note, and leave it somewhere unexpected, such as the inside of a library book or the mirror of a public restroom.
- Rake or mow your neighbor's lawn.
- Clear the snow off the car next to yours in the parking lot.
- Visit the local senior center or nursing home.
- Pat the shoulder of someone who looks upset, and offer encouragement.
- Smile at strangers, and say "hello."
"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you." - John Wooden