“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.
We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.’
Hungry not only for bread — but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing — but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks — but homeless because of rejection.” Mother Teresa
How often do you say ‘I’m depressed!’, or how often do you hear others around you- friends, colleagues or family members do say the same. Working or at home, alone or with your loved ones close by, how often do you find yourself down? What do you do to cheer yourself up? What would you do to nudge back your friends or loved ones from the depressions that took their charm away to see the light of joy in them? What? …
Did you know that kindness is a natural antidepressant? It’s true! Being kind is a scientifically proven way to improve your spirits. So if you would like to instantly feel better about yourself or make others regain back their joy in life and change any negative feelings to positive ones all you need to do is be kind to another human being or witness the wisdom of kindness practice by others.
In his bestselling book, The Power of Intention, Dr. Wayne Dyer sites research that an act of kindness increases the serotonin levels in your brain. Serotonin is a natural chemical in your body that is responsible for improving mood. Many of the antidepressant medications on the market today work by enhancing the body’s utilization of serotonin. According to Dr. Dyer, however, science has discovered that an act of kindness will increase the release of serotonin in your brain without the need for medication.
What is more inspiring and interesting about this is that the research concluded that serotonin levels are increased in both the giver and receiver of an act of kindness. In addition, anyone who witnesses an act of kindness also has an increase in serotonin levels. You can relate this to the many inspiring status updates people post or the good things that has happened to their life, a good job, marriage, engagement, having a new born in their life, … the list goes on. Have you ever noticed how you feel reading it? ….
Wow…! How amazing life is! The mere fact that you did something good to others has an immeasurable reward in making yourself, and others feel inspired and happy. Kindness is a natural antidepressant for the giver, receiver and to the one who witnesses that human compassion.
So be kind in life! Know that the true joy you always crave to have in your life grows more when you are generous and kind to others. Live a life of selflessness. Know that you gain more by the hand you extend to help others. Your heart is warmed by more joy and happiness through the selfless act you showed to make others life to be of joy and blissful. Having the ear that your loved one’s want to hear them talk or giving the shoulder that others look for when they are in need of comfort or even your mere presence when they need to have a companion, have the amazing power to make your heart experience more joy and happiness.
Here are some ways you can practice kindness in your life.
Your life and the many lives around you are connected by your actions. The goodness you seek in others, the events you live by, the humility that you show in life and the act of being of service adds endless joy to you and the many more who have been the recipient and the audience in what we call LIFE. When you get the focus off of yourself in what ever you do or experience in life, you will be surprised how much better you will feel.
Kindness will bring to you a cascade of positive effects. Kindness elevates feelings of generosity, capability, contribution, compassion, and connection. Kindness is contagious in that it will win you smiles. There is reciprocity in kindness and as they say, “Like attracts like.” Be kind and watch kindness come back to you.
“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”
Adopted and modified from an article written by Matthew McQuaid under the title ‘Happiness is Being Kind’