I’ve recently become aware of the bountiful inspiration that accompanies kindness. Whenever I witness acts of kindness, from the anonymous (someone leaving extra pennies at the mechanical pony for children to enjoy) to the intimate (a loving, handwritten note to express gratitude for the sharing of gifts) I find my mind swelling with ideas for ways that I too could be more kind. I begin to imagine ways, both big and small, that I could create that same warm feeling for others. Kindness begets creativity.
Kindness also improves our emotional state. In his book The Healing Power of Doing Good: The Health and Spiritual Benefits of Helping Others, author Allan Luks cites that the rush of euphoria, followed by a longer period of calm, after performing a kind act is often referred to as a “helper’s high.” This involves measurable physical sensations and the release of the body’s natural painkillers called “endorphins.” Better yet, this initial “high” is followed by a longer-lasting period of improved emotional well-being.
Famous for the satirical cartoon series Dilbert, creator Scott Adams wisely said, “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” Kindness is inspirational! The next time you find yourself in an emotional, spiritual or creative rut, try kindness. Participate in a random act of kindness and create an experience for both receiver and giver.
To learn more about the benefits of kindness, inspirational acts of kindness and its benefits, visit www.actsofkindness.org.
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