October 18, 2015

The Power Of Kindness

I have a simple challenge for you today. Do something kind for at least one other person. The power of that kindness will not only benefit you, but it will help shape your world into a more positive place to live.

Your Kindness Can Reach Millions

As Scott Adams says, “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

When you do something kind for someone else – just one person, you have the power to affect the entire world. If you affect that one person in a powerful way and they pay it forward to one other person and so on, you have created a ripple effect of kindness that can travel around the world.

In fact, you may influence someone who is merely observing your act of kindness to do something kind for someone else. Someone can feel an immense sense of gratitude simply from watching your act of kindness and that gratitude has the power to affect the whole tone of their day.

And, they may not pay it forward today. It may be years from now when they remember a simple act of kindness that you did for them or they observed you do. But, it still has the power to influence them to do that same act of kindness for someone else.

For instance, an adult may remember a time a stranger helped his mom pay for his groceries when he was younger when he sees a family short on money. That memory may cause him to help them out, just as he was helped out when he was a kid. So, you can see how powerful one act of kindness can be in someone’s life.

Not everyone will pay it forward, though. So, the more acts of kindness you do, the more powerful your influence will be over the world today, tomorrow, and every day after that.

Kindness Will Improve Your Health

When you take the time to be kind without expecting anything in return, you can actually improve your health. This is even true when you simply meditate on kindness.

One study found that just the act of thinking positive thoughts about other people can affect the vagal tone, which is a biological process of the vagus nerve. [Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23649562] The vagus nerve helps to bring the body’s internal organ systems to homeostasis. So, simply by focusing on kindness, you will be doing your health a great service!

True Kindness Makes You Feel Good

The simple truth is that often other people will not appreciate your kindness. Some people don’t recognize an act of kindness or are too self-absorbed to care. For instance, if you hold the elevator door open for someone, they may not say thank you, smile, or even acknowledge that you are there, which can be frustrating. That’s why it is important to be kind without expectation.

Not having an expectation of receiving something in return can help you feel good about yourself and your contribution to other’s lives despite how they react. Plus, it helps you maintain a positive and optimistic outlook.

Why should you do something without getting something in return? Think of it this way: When you do something unkind, you become plagued with guilt, anger, and other negative emotions. Those emotions can last a long time and affect how you behave and interact for hours, days, months, and even years. But when you do something kind, you produce the kind of emotions that affect your behavior and interactions in a positive way. And that will lead to more happiness and satisfaction. So, by removing expectations, you are doing yourself a big favor!

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