There are many reasons why we want to be kind to one another in the various aspects of our life.
They include our family, colleagues and strangers.
It can not only change the lives of the people we have helped, but also literally change ours as well, health wise.
The graphic above shows some of the amazing scientific benefits of kindness that you probably didn’t know about.
In a nutshell, being kind to one another may actually increase our lifespan.
Why is this so?
How An Act Of Kindness Impacts The Various Parties
An act of kindness occurs in situations where somebody is in need of help.
He is unable to help himself, or he is unable to help himself in time, or he is unaware that he needs help.
The helper gains satisfaction and joy in seeing the person needing help get better in some small or big way.
The person needing help and is helped will feel thankful and grateful to the helper for solving his problem. This reduces his distress and stress levels significantly.
It follows that witnesses to the act of kindness also experience what those 2 parties are experiencing. This is probably because they think they may be able to play the role of the helper and make a difference, or they could also be the person needing help who then gets the help.
All the 3 parties to an act of kindness will experience happiness.
In the presence of a good deed done by one person to another, our brain produces the chemicals that make us feel the joy, or reduces the chemicals that make us sad or stressed out.
And an increase in our lifespan may be the end result!
Witness Someone Being Kind To Another – And Notice How You Feel
Check out the video below.
You are a witness to the unquestionably talented artist who is sketching the people in front of him in the subway, and then giving the art away to them as a gift.
Be honest now. How did you feel when you saw that act of kindness?
How are you feeling now, after the video has ended?
How will you be feeling later, as you think back on what you have seen?
Note that all 3 parties feel similarly, to varying degrees.
Here’s the science behind what we are feeling — and how they are making us healthier!
Doing Acts Of Kindness Releases The DOSE Of Happiness
The 4 major chemicals released in our brain when we are happy are Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphins (“DOSE”).
Dopamine is released in our brain when we have achieved a goal set.
Helping someone is a goal – and once we have done it, we feel immense satisfaction. This feeling is compounded when the person being helped expresses his gratitude and happiness for the help.
Dopamine is also called “Helper’s High” for this reason.
Oxytocin is released when we bond with somebody.
The act of helping another promotes this bond and we feel closer to them as a result. It also increases our self-esteem, reduces stress and plays a role in the health of our heart.
Serotonin makes us happier, calmer and more focused.
Low levels of it has been associated with depression.
It also regulates our sleep and digestion, as well as the health of our bones.
Endorphins are our body’s natural painkillers.
They help alleviate any pain we may have and maximise pleasure from an activity that is important to our survival.
This includes helping someone else who is in distress or pain. Endorphins enable us to continue providing the help even when we also experience some pain and discomfort in doing so.
Endorphins also help alleviate depression and reduce stress and anxiety, as well as give us confidence and help us to sleep better.
We get the full DOSE of Happiness by simply doing kind acts for others!
Here Are Some Easy Ways For Us To Be Kind To One Another
For us to have all the health benefits from being kind, we must do random acts of kindness regularly to make a difference in the lives of those we are helping.
Helping somebody just one time will give us a buzz of satisfaction, due to the release of the brain chemicals above. But it will quickly fade, along with all the benefits we get from them.
As such we have to follow up one act of kindness with more over a period of time so that we are in a state of happiness for the long term.
The best way to do this is to simply be kind to everybody, and make it a part of our routine for the rest of our lives.
Fortunately there are a couple of easy ways that we can do this.
Be Kind To One Another: Volunteer For A Cause
Being a volunteer for a cause involves multiple factors that enhance our wellbeing.
Depending on our roles, we may be exercising by moving a lot, perhaps shifting things around, walking to some place, or preparing meals in a group.
Exercise also releases endorphins, dopamine and serotonin — all of which provide the benefits stated above.
Group activities with other volunteers also promote the release of oxytocin which increases our bond with them, as does meeting the people the volunteering is meant to benefit.
Supporting a cause that is meaningful to us will again release serotonin which gives us the confidence to meet it.
As such, you can see that the multiple benefits from volunteering for a cause we believe in would appear to feed on themselves, which gives us even more satisfaction and joy, reduces our stress and makes us calmer.
Simply find a cause you can volunteer for and make the time for its activities every week if you can.
If you want to volunteer to help BeepBeep Nation out, simply become one of our supporters here.
Be Kind To One Another: Make A To-Do List
We can also make a list of some acts of kindness we can do for anyone, starting today.
And then we simply do the acts everyday, checking each one off as we go along, and knowing that whoever we are helping everyday will be better off than before we did anything for them.
This will take some time and effort especially when we have never done it systematically before.
But it will be truly worth our effort, and not every act of kindness requires a lot of time.
Sometimes a simple phone call to talk to somebody for a few minutes is enough to make a difference.
Other times you may be just dropping some stuff off for the person you’re helping and you’re done.
There are 2 ways to make a list of things to do:
We can either:
1. Think of a list of acts of kindness that we can do for anybody — be they strangers or people we know
You can simply use your phone’s task app to type in your list of acts of kindness for someone you know, or some stranger.
Then simply check off each one as you do it, when you can. Keep adding to it as you go along and pretty soon you’ll be doing it everyday.
2. We can wait for others to ask us to help and then offer our help to them, if we can indeed help them.
This second option has the advantage in that the help is tailored to what the requestor for help actually wanted help with.
We are not guessing, so the results will be better for the requestor. The list is automatically created for us to check out.
We then offer the help if we can. Otherwise we can just skip to the next request.
Because the same request is being seen by other users of the app within the vicinity of the requestor, other people may be able to help when we cannot.
In fact, the more users there are for the app, the more help offers a requestor will get, thus ensuring as many people as possible get the help they need.
BeepBeep Nation aims to get the majority of people in the world to help another as much as they can, as regularly as they can.
Apart from the health benefits to ourselves when we help others, we are also changing the lives of those needing help but can’t access help easily.
The end result is a kinder, better world for everybody even as we all get healthier at the same time.
There are many other positive side effects from practising kindness. BeepBeep Nation will facilitate this, and in the process, create amazing values for the world that don’t currently exist!
The BeepBeep Nation app which is being developed currently (with some awesome help from our supporters) can do this and much, much more!
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