30 Day Kindness Challenge - Day One: Kindness Can Make Us Happier!

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30 Day Kindness Challenge - Day One: Kindness Can Make Us Happier!
Nov 01, 2023, Season 1, Episode 3
Greg Shaw
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How Kindness Fosters Happiness

The interconnectedness between kindness and happiness is a topic worth investigating, especially in a world where the pursuit of joy is a common goal. This article explores the neurochemistry of kindness, how witnessing acts of kindness can affect us, and introduces a daily kindness challenge aimed at improving our sense of happiness and well-being.

The Neurochemistry of Kindness

Kindness is more than just a moral virtue; it can actually make us feel good. When we do kind things for others, our bodies release hormones like serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins that make us feel satisfied and happy. Research has shown that being kind is directly linked to increased happiness. For example, a study found that people who did kind acts for a week reported feeling happier. Another experiment showed that a week-long kindness program led to more overall happiness.

Witnessing Kindness

It's not just being kind that makes us feel good, but also seeing kindness in action. Watching acts of kindness can make us feel warm and happy. Kindness also spreads, as witnessing or experiencing it often inspires us to be kind to others. This creates a cycle of positivity and happiness that can affect whole communities.

The Daily Kindness Challenge

Taking on a daily kindness challenge is an easy and powerful way to add more kindness to our lives and see the positive effects it brings. The challenge involves doing or witnessing at least one act of kindness each day, and sharing your experiences in the comments or on social media using a specific hashtag. This challenge reminds us of how even a small act of kindness can make a big impact on others and our own emotional and mental health.

Summary: Kindness is not only a virtue but also brings joy. When we do acts of kindness, big or small, we not only brighten others' days but also spread positivity that makes us happier. The daily kindness challenge allows us to experience this firsthand. Let's start this journey of kindness and see how it nurtures happiness within ourselves and the world.

References

YOU MATTER Cards

Print “You Matter Cards”

https://bit.ly/youmattercards

Send for “You Matter Cards”

https://bit.ly/getyoumattercards

Ted Talk “You Matter”

https://bit.ly/dorakyoumatter

You Matter Kindness Facts

https://bit.ly/youmatterfacts

Today’s Kindness Challenge:

Pick one, or add your own!

 

  1. Print Out "You Matter" Cards!
  2. Hand Out You Matter Cards
  3. Send a New Recipe to a Friend
  4. Leave Positive Sticky Notes Around the House
  5. Create a Homemade Gift for Someone
  6. Tutor Someone
  7. Reach Out "Just Because"
  8. Check In With Neighbors
  9. Give a Stranger a Compliment
  10. Recycle!
  11. Be kind to yourself!
  12. Be kind to yourself!
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How Kindness Fosters Happiness

The interconnectedness between kindness and happiness is a topic worth investigating, especially in a world where the pursuit of joy is a common goal. This article explores the neurochemistry of kindness, how witnessing acts of kindness can affect us, and introduces a daily kindness challenge aimed at improving our sense of happiness and well-being.

The Neurochemistry of Kindness

Kindness is more than just a moral virtue; it can actually make us feel good. When we do kind things for others, our bodies release hormones like serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins that make us feel satisfied and happy. Research has shown that being kind is directly linked to increased happiness. For example, a study found that people who did kind acts for a week reported feeling happier. Another experiment showed that a week-long kindness program led to more overall happiness.

Witnessing Kindness

It's not just being kind that makes us feel good, but also seeing kindness in action. Watching acts of kindness can make us feel warm and happy. Kindness also spreads, as witnessing or experiencing it often inspires us to be kind to others. This creates a cycle of positivity and happiness that can affect whole communities.

The Daily Kindness Challenge

Taking on a daily kindness challenge is an easy and powerful way to add more kindness to our lives and see the positive effects it brings. The challenge involves doing or witnessing at least one act of kindness each day, and sharing your experiences in the comments or on social media using a specific hashtag. This challenge reminds us of how even a small act of kindness can make a big impact on others and our own emotional and mental health.

Summary: Kindness is not only a virtue but also brings joy. When we do acts of kindness, big or small, we not only brighten others' days but also spread positivity that makes us happier. The daily kindness challenge allows us to experience this firsthand. Let's start this journey of kindness and see how it nurtures happiness within ourselves and the world.

References

YOU MATTER Cards

Print “You Matter Cards”

https://bit.ly/youmattercards

Send for “You Matter Cards”

https://bit.ly/getyoumattercards

Ted Talk “You Matter”

https://bit.ly/dorakyoumatter

You Matter Kindness Facts

https://bit.ly/youmatterfacts

Today’s Kindness Challenge:

Pick one, or add your own!

 

  1. Print Out "You Matter" Cards!
  2. Hand Out You Matter Cards
  3. Send a New Recipe to a Friend
  4. Leave Positive Sticky Notes Around the House
  5. Create a Homemade Gift for Someone
  6. Tutor Someone
  7. Reach Out "Just Because"
  8. Check In With Neighbors
  9. Give a Stranger a Compliment
  10. Recycle!
  11. Be kind to yourself!
  12. Be kind to yourself!
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