During our 31 day focus on YOU we have been looking at ways to improve our health and well-being. We have been ticking off our list of things to do for ourselves and to be more mindful of ‘self-care’.
Our sense of well being both mentally and physically can also be enhanced by helping others. Showing random acts of kindness or ‘paying it forward’.
I was reading an article in Psychology Today about Random Acts of Kindness and studies undertaken at Stanford University by psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky show:
“There are a lot of positive social consequences to being kind—other people appreciate you, they’re grateful and they might reciprocate,” Lyubomirsky says.
I’ve been visiting my MIL in her aged care facility and have decided to volunteer a few hours a week. Since moving to a retirement home inFebruary, she has made many friends and I find that whenever Mike and I visit, sometimes we only need to say a quick hello to some of the other residents and the smiles and joy in their eyes is so touching.
In this world where everyone is ‘so busy’ with little time for others it makes such a difference to show others kindness.
There are many ways to pay it forward even to strangers with ‘random acts of kindness’. People are pleasantly surprised and feel hope that there is still some goodness in the world. Although I did read in the article I mentioned above that some people are initially suspicious when a stranger shows them an act of kindness.
Lyubomirsky also noted that being nice can become boring. Another study she conducted reported
those who varied their acts of kindness, showed bigger increases in mood than those who repeated the same act over and over
5 reasons you should pay it forward
- When we focus on others our problems don’t seem as overwhelming
- There is a mutual happiness between the ‘giver’ and ‘receiver’
- We feel good because we are helping others
- We feel the positive energy flowing for both the ‘giver’ and ‘receiver’
- We see an improvement in our mental health and well being
If you would like to read the full article in Psychology Today just click on the link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200607/pay-it-forward
How could you brighten someone’s day today?