If you want others to be happy,
If you want to be happy,
– H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
Many studies have shown a link between happiness and kindness. When we are kind to others, our brains ‘reward’ us by releasing a mixture of chemicals, including dopamine, which make us feel good. The positive feedback loop between kindness and happiness:
~ Be kind and you will be happy.
~ Be happy and you will be kind.
Helping others bestows a sense of satisfaction on both the receiver of the help. Over time, people who do good deeds develop a friendly and joyful personality that attracts and magnetises those they associate with and brings happiness their way. Research reveals that doing good deeds or kind acts can make people feel better. Researchers from the University of British Columbia found that doing nice things for people led to a significant increase in relationship satisfaction and a decrease in social avoidance in socially-anxious individuals. People who engage in kind acts also become happier over time, according to Sonja University, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside. Having studied happiness for 20 years, her research found that performing positive acts [at least]] once a week led to the most happiness.
Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.
It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.
– H. Jackson, Jr.
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