“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.” – Henry James
Spreading kindness is something we should all be doing. All day, every day. Kindness often gets mistaken for weakness, and to an extent, it can be. You can be too nice and people can walk all over you. Nonetheless, kindness is something you should take in mind. When you treat someone with kindness, it’s very likely they treat you the same way. Being kind will help you get further in life. Someone might be having a hard time and when you’re kind to them, they will instantly feel better. And you will feel better too! It feels good to be nice to someone and it can physically make you feel happier! This is due to a chemical reason:
“When a person performs an act of kindness the brain produces dopamine, associated with positive thinking. Secondly, the brain has its own natural versions of morphine and heroine: endogenous opioids, such as endorphins. It is believed that when a person does an act of kindness they feel good on a chemical level thanks to the production of these endogenous opioids.”
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It’s the small things that show your kindness. A smile, a helping hand or a pep talk. The world can feel like a dark place sometimes and kindness will make everything seem a little bit brighter. Start incorporating kindness into your everyday life, try to give your loved ones a compliment each day, just because they deserve it and it makes you feel good. Help an elder cross the street and carry your mother’s heavy grocery bags. Fill your heart with kindness and spread it like confetti!
Words by Valerie Bogerd // Photography by Juliette Bélanger