Random Acts of Kindness 101

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Most likely you are familiar, but you may be wondering, what are random acts of kindness and why do they matter? Quite possibly, you have been the recipient of a random act of kindness in your lifetime. Just the other day I saw a man jump out of his truck to help push a stalled car off to the side of the road. I often pick up trash in the parking lot on my way in to shop (I sanitize my hands once disposed of 🙂 ).

If you have performed, witnessed, or been the recipient of such an act, I am sure you felt at least a little bit warm and fuzzy inside. 🙂 Did you know such experiences can also be good for your health and overall well-being? It’s true!

Examples of RAK

A random act of kindness can be many things. It can be a good deed, a caring word, a selfless act or a small gift. Generally speaking, or in my mind, anyway, it’s a brief often spontaneous act–not the same as a long-term commitment to service. Even a smile can count as it can brighten someone’s day. Take a look at some of the benefits of random acts of kindness.

Encourage Gratitude

Doing something nice for someone else can make you feel grateful for your blessings. This is especially true when the recipient of your act is less fortunate than you or in a tough spot. Recognizing the challenges faced by others as you make your kind gesture tends to spotlight your own good fortune and blessings. Counting blessings encourages gratitude.

Lower Stress

You may have heard it said, if you want to feel better help someone else. It’s good advice. Focusing on someone else is a great way to gain renewed perspective. Doing good just makes you feel better., lowers stress. It releases feel-good hormones, increases your happiness, and makes your troubles seem a bit less burdensome.

Improved Mood

Numerous studies have shown a positive effect on mood when people engage in random acts of kindness. You’re bound to feel better about life in general when you do good deeds. Improved mood, less anxiety and higher energy levels have all been linked to the performance of random acts of kindness. In fact, research has demonstrated that the pleasure and reward centers of the brain actually light up in those who perform these acts in much the same way as they respond in the recipients. It even has a name, and that’s “helper’s high.”

Less Pain

The mind-body connection is real. So, not too surprisingly, you might even feel physically better when you practice kindness. It’s been proven that endorphins are released in the brain after doing something for someone else. Endorphins are hormones produced in the brain and nervous system. They’re often referred to as natural painkillers for their pain reducing abilities.

Better Relationships

When you do something nice for another person, they will naturally recall that act with fondness. Random acts of kindness promote good feelings among people and increase connections. These bonds can lead to better relationships and lasting positive interpersonal results.

These are merely a handful of the rewards that come from doing random acts of kindness. Remember, it doesn’t matter how small the gesture. Doing good always makes a positive difference to both the giver and the recipient!

And this ol’ world is in need of love and kindness to be sure! 💗

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About Cate

I am a retired RN–stayed home after my second child was born, having worked for 10 years. I am in my mid-50s now, and I enjoy blogging, designing mugs and more and spreading a bit of positivity in the world.

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