Go on, try it now.
Kindness has often been propagated as a pious virtue, something that comes from deep within when you are closer to the almighty. But is it really so? Looks like kindness carries a more serious solution to a lot of our social ills and evils that seem to have percolated into our psyche.
A recent study by Oxford has revealed that being kind can be beneficial to individuals by offering a solution to a plethora of social issues like isolation, mental disorders and physical diseases.
Over 400 papers published on the relationship between kindness and happiness were analysed and it was clearly found that being kind is indeed a simulation to being happy, even though statistically the effect is moderate, equivalent to point 1 on a scale of 10.
Being kind has a psychological effect as well, these studies have revealed. Not only does it make us feel good, random acts of kindness help in the release of feel good endorphins and mood elevating neurotransmitters. And yes, kindness helps in increasing your life span as well.
Kindness has some great benefits in the short term as well. Some studies by University of Michigan psychologist Dr Stephanie Brown found that people who showed kindness had lower risk of dying in a 5 year term period.
Kindness is a quality that can be developed any place, any time and at no cost. With research and studies clearly indicating benefits, this is something that every human being can work on and develop. If it makes you more happy, why not go for it?
Armed with a simple virtue of kindness, you can alter your life for the better.
“There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy,” said the Dalai Lama, spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism. “Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
The simplest acts of kindness are far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” — Mahatma Gandhi
These words from these great men who have been apostles of kindness and peace surely should work as a catalyst to being more kind and making the world a better and happier place to live in.