Feeling good doing good: The science behind kindness and happiness

One of the best ways to improve your happiness is by doing acts of kindness. In a famous study, Elizabeth Dunn and her colleagues asked strangers how happy they were and gave them $5 or $20. In one group, they asked the strangers to spend the money on themselves. In another, they asked them to spend it on others. After the day ended, they asked them again how happy they felt. What the researchers found was groundbreaking. Those who spent money on others were significantly happier than those who spent it on themselves. Whether they got $5 or $20 did not matter. What counted toward their happiness was the way they spent their money. Kindness can improve your well-being in multiple ways. For one, kindness stimulates the release of feel-good hormones such as oxytocin and serotonin. These chemicals can improve mood and create a sense of happiness and satisfaction. Furthermore, kind acts can also build stronger relationships and social connections. When you help someone, the strength of your relationship grows, leading to a greater sense of community and support. The importance of these connections cannot be understated as they fulfill a basic human need. Finally, kindness can also positively impact your outlook on life. When you focus on helping others, you shift your focus away from your problems and difficulties. This change in perspective can lead to gratitude - a greater appreciation for what you have. Kindness has a profound effect on happiness. Whether through releasing feel-good hormones, building stronger relationships, or shifting perspectives, acts of kindness can improve lives and make the world a happier place.

How can you show kindness to the person you love in the next few days?