Why Are Acts of Kindness So Important?

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Why are acts of kindness so important? 

I was looking at something online the other day and fell down the world wide rabbit hole. I came across a video on the science behind kindness and I wanted to share the message of that here. 

Did you know kindness is one of the few things that doubles when you share it? It’s true. Studies have shown if you perform just one act of kindness a day, you reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and your body and the body of the person you helped is flooded with hormones that make you calmer and happier. Serotonin (a feel-good hormone), endorphins (those feel-good hormones that you can also get from a good workout), and oxytocin (the hormone that fills you with love) come flooding into our bodies when we’re kind to others. 

Do you know what’s even cooler? When other people see you helping someone else, they’re filled with those same, feel-good hormones and are significantly more likely to pay it forward. That means that not only is the person you helped likely help other people, anybody who saw you do something kind will also likely help other people and this will continue to multiply. It can start a chain reaction that can spread across an entire community.

How awesome is that??

When I started Lodi Live, I understood this concept, but I didn’t know the science behind it. My whole idea was that if we focus on good, we’ll see more good, we’ll do more good, and inspire others around us. I wanted that chain reaction.  I was so excited when I came across this video because it confirmed my hunch that by sharing the good that people are doing in our community, it can inspire others to do more good and we can really make an impact on our town! We have so many opportunities to make a difference, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

So when you’re done reading this, do something kind. Let these stories inspire you. If you’re not already doing so, go to the Lodi Live website to sign up to get weekly emails of good that happens in our community, stories, gratitude tips, and weekly updates from the Do-Gooder blog.

Sometimes even the smallest things can have the biggest impact. Keep putting more good in the world, Do-Gooders!

Here’s the video so you can enjoy it too!

BlogJamie Vilinskas