What Random Acts of Kindness Are and Why They Matter

You have probably experienced a random act of kindness at some point in your life. Think back to a case where someone helped you out of a difficult situation, when they could see that you were in trouble, or when a friend simply complimented you out of the blue. A sweet surprise like this can really make a difference.

Did you also know that such experiences can also be good for your health and general well-being? Yes, that is true. A random act of kindness can be a good deed, a caring word, a selfless act, or a small gift. Even a smile can brighten a person’s day. Take a look at some of the benefits of random acts of kindness.

Encourage gratitude

Doing something nice for someone else can make you grateful for your blessings. This is especially true when the recipient of your action is less fortunate than you or is in a difficult situation. When you realize that you are able to give even the smallest bit of yourself to someone else, it shows the perspective of the abundance you have in your life.

Less Stress

Stepping out of ourselves to focus on someone else is another great way to gain a new perspective. And when you do good, you just feel better. It releases feel-good hormones and increases your feeling of happiness. Suddenly your problems may seem a little less stressful.

Improved mood

Numerous studies have shown a positive effect on mood when people commit random acts of kindness. If you do good deeds, you inevitably feel better in life in general. Better mood, less fear, and a higher energy level have been associated with the performance of random acts of kindness. In fact, research has shown that the pleasure and reward centers of the brain actually light up in those who perform these acts, similar to how they react in the recipients. It even has a name, and that name is “helper’s high”.

Less pain

You may even feel better physically if you practice kindness. It has been proven that endorphins are released in the brain after you have done something for someone else. Endorphins are hormones that are produced in the brain and nervous system. Because of their analgesic effect, they are often referred to as natural painkillers.

Better relationships

If you do something nice for another person, they will naturally remember this action with affection. Random acts of kindness promote good feelings among people and strengthen the bonds. These bonds can lead to better relationships and lasting positive interpersonal results.

These are just a few of the rewards that come from random acts of kindness. Remember that it does not matter how small the gesture is. Doing good always makes a positive difference for both the giver and the receiver.

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