What Will Our Society Benefit from Kindness?
By Christiana Jolaoso
‘’Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Diana
Do you remember if someone was ever kind to you? How did it make you feel?
Can you recollect the moment you helped another person out? How did they respond? Did it improve their mood?
Kindness isn’t a mere deed.
It is the spirit of altruism, concern, and care.
When we do it, without imagining reward, it improves the quality of life in all ramifications.
Kindness is unpretentious, helpful, and limitless.
How does kindness shape or modify our community? Does it affect us as individuals?
To know the benefits of showing kindness, especially how it holds our society together, dive in!
Why is Kindness Important in the Society?
In our world today, many individuals are self-absorbed, self-centered, and they are concerned with non-essential endeavors.
Many seek global discovery and wealth, thinking it is the only way to happiness.
But are riches the only route to societal harmony? The answer is No.
The world needs wealth, but how does this translate to kindness?
Kindness is essential to human survival. From the moment our parents conceive till we mature, kindness plays an important role to ensure our subsistence. Thus kindness is in our blood.
Our communities need more people who want to make it a better place. Society needs more people who believe that being humane (to be kind) is the road to peaceful coexistence.
‘’ You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.’’ – Publilius Syrus
The history of the world is full of episodes of conflict and war towards peace.
But does any community really attain peace through continuous discord? The only path to peace is if everyone develops kind thoughts and actions towards each other regardless of sex, age, or race.
There will be peace when we replace hate and prejudice with loving-kindness.
How Does Kindness Affect Our Society?
Kindness is like a boomerang; it will definitely return. In any social order, it helps us cultivate a system of individuals and groups who may help us later. Although we shouldn’t be kind because we expect something, being kind to one person inspires others to various acts of kindness in our community.
If we help each other enough, individuals won’t bear burdens alone. Then, we’d have an association of friends, which ultimately leads to peace.
What are the Benefits of Showing Kindness?
Kindness provides numerous gains including bliss, contentment, and happiness. It also enhances physical and mental health through acquaintances and connections that you build through it.
Some benefits of showing kindness…
Kindness Decreases Anxiety
Social anxiety limits how much we interact with others with devastating consequences on our emotional and mental health.
We should try to think about how another individual is feeling or how they would feel if we try to improve their day.
Make a nice comment to the waiter serving you. Look at their reaction- does that make you feel good too?
Kindness helps to build confidence.
Kindness Stimulates the Immune System
Kindness increases the production of oxytocin (which makes us feel good). Oxytocin reduces inflammation, which causes diseases in our body. Enhance oxytocin levels in your body by showing a random act of kindness today.
Kindness Builds Communities
Kindness has a way of creating a chain of friends and acquaintances who will help in times of hardship. Also, organizations like charities and aid organizations that function through kindness promote goodwill and help sustain society.
Kindness Fosters Peace
‘’Human Kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.’’ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Every society can garner peace from kindness. If everyone decides to show goodwill instead of conflict, war, or struggle, the world would be a better place to live in.
Good for the mind
Kindness stimulates pleasure centers of the brain into the production of dopamine and serotonin. These provide feelings of pleasure, which definitely brightens your day.
So, being kind will make you happy.
What Do We Learn from Kindness?
Kindness is transmissible. Showing kindness to someone can cause a ripple effect. The recipient starts being kind to those around them.
Kindness doesn’t require belief or faith. It enhances our quality of life in the family or work setting.
Whether you give or receive it, kindness is rewarding.
Why? It feels good to do good.
And it’s simple and doesn’t require heavy labor.
Show kindness whenever you can. Your kind deeds may have a larger consequence than you know.
‘’ A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions and the roots spring up and make new trees.’’ -Amelia Earhart