We all know the Golden Rule: “Treat others the way you want to be treated yourself.” From childhood, we are told that kindness is an important part of life. Being kind to others helps make them feel good and helps make the world a better place. But did you know that being kind can also help your own mental health?
As much as we do kind acts to make others feel good, being kind also makes us feel just as good. While we should approach performing kind acts as a way to be good to others and not just to ourselves, it is helpful to know this truth. When you are having a hard time with depression or any other mental health issue, being kind may be just the thing to turn it around.
Being kind triggers the reward system in your brain, releasing chemicals that produce positive feelings. These chemicals amplify good moods and can change bad moods to good. They can even go beyond making you feel better mentally and ease physical pain you are experiencing. These reactions make you more likely to continue performing these acts of kindness, improving your self-worth and further strengthening your overall mental health.
Performing acts of kindness also strengthens bonds between you and others. Being kind to someone makes them more prone to be kind in return, further strengthening your relationship and building a stronger support system for both parties. Beyond the relationship, your act of kindness may inspire them to perform kind acts for others, continually spreading the love and positive feelings.
Here are some ways you can perform random acts of kindness in your community:
We hope these tips inspire you to be extra kind to someone today. If you are experiencing increased mental health issues, call Centerstone at 1-877-HOPE123 (877-467-3123).
If you are in crisis, please call our crisis line, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
If you're still having trouble and would like to reach out to someone about counseling or other Centerstone services, contact us.
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