What goes around comes around.”
Many versions of stories have been birthed out of these five words, but the moral of each remains the same – give, and it shall come back to you. Whether it’s money, kindness, or hatred that you sow, you can expect to reap the same. It’s a universal law that every person should take into heart. If you want to reap kindness, you must sow seeds of kindness as well. The best thing about doing random acts of kindness, though, is that it allows you to receive back more than just kindness – it also makes you a happier and healthier person. Here’s what happens to you as a person when you constantly help others though random acts of kindness.
Self-Realization is Achieved
You may not feel like you are the most talented individual in the world, but when you do random acts of kindness, you somewhat achieve a feeling of fulfilment as if you’ve already fully development your talents and abilities. There is just something about being kind to people that makes you happier over time. You suddenly feel good as a person, and become more optimistic and positive.
Physical Health is Improved
Acts of kindness as simple as holding the door open for someone creates a warmth emotionally that promotes the release of oxytocin. This hormone is known for its cardioprotective properties, as it is responsible for releasing nitric oxide, a chemical that dilates the blood vessels. Therefore, regularly doing simple acts of kindness is enough to reduce your blood pressure and improve your heart health.
Depression is Reduced
Researchers from the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love found that when people give themselves to acts of love, compassion, and service, they tend to become more satisfied with their lives and end up happier individuals. This is especially true if they start young. If you often feel down and blue, try looking for opportunities to show kindness to another person. You can offer to clean the front yard of your elderly neighbor, or perhaps offer to babysit for free for the single parent next door even just for an hour.
Mortality is Delayed
A longer life is simply the result of the health benefits people get from showing kindness to others. Through random acts of kindness, you can become more satisfied and contented with your lot. This results to your emotional, mental, and physical health being improved, adding more happy years to your life.
Good Fortune is Increased
Just as the goddess of money is only attracted to people who know how to save, the goddess of fortune is also only attracted to people who know how to empty themselves for the benefit of others. While I don’t personally agree totally about the idea of Karma, I do believe that when you show kindness, sooner or later, regardless of the manner, it shall come back to you, and not in the same amount, but ten-fold, thirty-fold, and even a hundred-fold.
The moral of the story? Practice kindness and make it a habit to be kind to others, and that even if people aren’t too kind to you. Trust me, your heart will thank you for it.