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How offering kindness increases our personal happiness

Author: August Clarke

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” – Albert Schweitzer

Did you know that, by complimenting another person, you can actually increase your own happiness?

Many studies have been carried out in recent years to suggest that people who go out of their way to be kind to others and perform good deeds tend to be much more satisfied with their lives than those who do not.

Everyone wants to be happy but many people do not consider how making others feel good about themselves can in turn improve our own wellbeing. Offering a kind word or a considerate gesture here and there to your peers not only goes a long way in making that person’s day, but also in lifting your own mood.

Many scientists are referring to the connection between happiness and kindness as a “positive feedback loop”. Engaging in acts of kindness not only increases both the happiness of you and the recipient of that act, but also makes both people more likely to perform a good deed again in the future. In a way, kindness is almost like a drug: once you start giving, you want to give more. (This drug, however, is beneficial to all parties involved.)

The truth of the matter is that being nice to others makes us feel good!

It’s easy to give in to jealousy or get down on ourselves sometimes, but no one enjoys being envious, and selfishness does nothing but make us feel guilty in the end. At the end of the day, letting go of that envy in place of positivity and appreciation is one of the best ways of relieving insecurity and negativity in our lives. By trading jealous thoughts for kind ones, you will lighten your mind and become a much more positive and pleasant person!

A nice gesture does not have to be grand to be effective – in fact, it is often the little ones that count the most. By doing something as quick and simple as complimenting your friend’s outfit one day or congratulating your peer on their success, you can go a long way in making that person’s day. It has even been shown that holding the door open for a stranger or saying hello to people you pass on the street while walking your dog can lift the mood of both that person and yourself.

By doing something as quick and simple as complimenting your friend’s outfit one day or congratulating your peer on their success, you can go a long way in making that person’s day.”

Overall, offering kindness strengthens our relationships, increases positivity, and makes us more open-minded and accepting people. By trying to perform small acts of kindness everyday, you can increase the happiness of yourself and the people around you.


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