Sometimes it’s easy to feel like the
world’s getting harder, but if we look closer: on the news, on the web,
on the street, we’re anything but unkind. Every day we hear new stories of people
trying to make the world a better place. And together we can make the world a
little bit kinder for all of us. It all starts with just one person: you.
The thing about kindness is that it’s just about the only thing in the world that
doubles when you share it. And it’s a fact backed by science. Studies have shown
that if you perform just one random act of kindness a day they’ll not only
reduce your stress, anxiety, and depression, but your body is flooded with
the same hormones that make you and the person you’ve helped calmer,
healthier, and happier. Serotonin which heals your wounds, helps
you relax and makes you feel good. Endorphins which reduce pain and
Oxytocin which reduces blood pressure and makes you feel more loving, and loved.
You’ll both be more energized, feel less aches and pains, more confident
and could even live longer. And if other people see you helping someone else, they’ll be filled with those same feel-good hormones, meaning they’re significantly
more likely to pay it forward. Like taking that extra moment to hold the
elevator for someone. Spotting a coffee for a stranger who’s just
a few cents short. Giving your neighbor a hand with their
groceries. Even just smiling and meaning it. It doesn’t take much but it can make
a huge difference for everyone. Those people you’ve helped will help other
people and those other people will help even more people. And those random acts
of kindness can start a chain reaction that can spread across an entire
community, city, a country! And with enough of us, the
world! Now isn’t that the world we all want? And it all starts with one.