Written by Leanne Camilleri
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. – Aesop
I am constantly touched by the spirit of kindness and connection in the LB Conversations Group. The support and friendship that seeps from the community is beautiful.
Other people matter, and even more so in the times we find ourselves in. Growing evidence suggests that, beyond making people feel good, the experience of positive emotions such as joy, happiness, and contentment hold numerous social, intellectual, and physical benefits.
Kindness is an important tool for our wellbeing.
So, what is Kindness?
Kindness is an altruistic act to promote someone else’s welfare. An act of kindness can significantly brighten someone’s day. Research has found that people report a significant boost of happiness after undertaking an act of kindness for the benefit of others. It has also found that when people receive kindness from other people, they are inspired to enact kind behaviour toward other people. When we are kind to others, see kindness towards others and when we receive kindness, we experience positive emotion, this is why kindness is so contagious in the LB Community.
Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., a celebrated author and pioneering scientist in the study of happiness defines happiness as being happy in your life and with your life. Happiness can be amplified by intentional acts. It is an ingredient to positive relationships and a remedy to our downtimes.
A 4-week study of acts of kindness revealed that people who undertook kind acts for others experienced increased happiness over time, leading to a positive impact on their wellbeing. She says, “To make yourself happier, you should try to make other people happier”. If it is directed attention toward others we are happier.
What is happening when we undertaking an act of kindness in that moment?
Acts of kindness improve emotional well-being and happiness. When we engage in acts of kindness toward others, we feel socially more connected and cultivate a sense of meaning. Acts of kindness or paying it forward strengthen our relationships and helps us to feel more optimistic about the world. We are also likely to express gratitude, this in turn motivates us to be better people and strive to be the best version of ourselves. When we acknowledge that another person has contributed to our happiness it makes us want to pay it forward.
How to deliver an act of kindness.
People can deliberately increase their happiness levels by engaging acts of kindness. We see so many heartwarming acts of kindness within our LB Community.