Nowadays, it feels like the world has gone mad, and everywhere you look, you can find something wrong with it. Happiness seems to be a precious gift that only a few possess, but it’s also one of those wonderful feelings that multiply when you share it with others. Happiness and kindness are closely connected; one gives way to the other and vice versa, and the best thing is that people around you are affected by these feelings too, and it changes them for the better.
Psychology of altruism
Everyone’s experienced profound sadness at least once in their lifetime. It is sometimes easier to shield yourself from the sadness and mess of the outside world and focus only on yourself and your happiness. However, you can also take a risk and try responding to the harsh reality with kindness and compassion. You can offer something positive to the world that seems to have ‘turned bad’, and as a result, you will feel better and be happier. Psychologists have identified a feeling of happiness in those who decide to help others – a term ‘helper’s high’ refers to that particular feeling that rises from one’s own knowledge that they’ve made a difference, no matter how small.
You don’t have to change your life completely, donate all your earnings to charity, and spend every waking hour volunteering in order to make a difference. Remember that everything counts, even the smallest and seemingly insignificant things like an old blanket and a hot dog left on a bench in the park. You never know who’s having a hard time at home or in the office, who’s having trouble loving themselves, or getting used to a new situation. A kind stranger offering a smile or even a few reassuring words is sometimes all it takes to make a person feel better. By all means, volunteer and donate to charity, but don’t stop there – be kind every day, and you will feel happier too.
Pass it on
As an adult, you can make a choice to be nice and kind to others, but when it comes to children, it takes some coaching. They are young and they are still learning about the world, which is why they have you to step in and help them understand it. Teach them the difference between wanting and needing things, show them that there is no difference between second hand clothing for kids and completely new clothes, encourage them to donate their old clothes and toys to charity, and explain how important it is to be moderate. As they grow, they will always keep these important lessons in mind, and you will know that your guidance has helped them become kind adults.
Random acts of kindness
You have probably seen pictures or read articles about strangers who do kind things for others. It isn’t until you try to do the same that you finally understand what motivates those people to act like that. Remember how nice it is to pass a stranger who offers a smile, or get a nice compliment? You could try doing the same for others – smile more, pay for someone’s coffee, or leave a nice note on someone’s windshield. Knowing that you’ve done something nice for another human being, that you’ve helped someone in need, or simply made someone’s day will make you feel happy.
In a world filled with sadness and malice, decide to be a beacon of hope and kindness, and people will come to you when they need to be reassured that there is still goodness and kindness in others. Be the change you want to see in the world, and feel proud knowing that you are one of those people who make this world a better place.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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