#CheckOutThisRak – Random Acts of Kindness


Check Out This Rak

Random Acts of Kindness and Their Benefits

We as a collective are experiencing a time of change and transition.  Whether good or bad, the world should not wait to see what others do, but strive to embody the change wished to be seen.  Mahatma Gandhi is attributed with saying “Be the change you want to see in the world”.  While this is a principal he would most likely support, it is a paraphrase of something else he said.  

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.  As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi

One way to share this ideal is to commit random acts of kindness.  By channeling the occasionally overwhelming emotions we experience into positive acts, it can generate happiness in others and, collaterally, ourselves.  The Honey Foundation has stated that “The most powerful way to increase your short-term feelings of happiness is to perform random acts of kindness to others. Five [random acts of kindness] in a week will increase your happiness for up to three months. ‘Passing it forward’ is not just good for another, but in the long run benefits everyone around you.”  

What if kindness went viral?  When you see hatred, stare it in the face.  It probably won’t have the courage to look back.  Challenge yourself to commit random acts of kindness and experience these benefits as described by Dr. David R. Hamilton, PhD:

  • Kindness makes us happier
    • Altruism, the act of helping yourself by helping others, increases levels of dopamine in the brain creating a natural “high”
  • Kindness is good for the heart
    • Oxytocin, like dopamine, can elevate mood.  It also releases nitric oxide into the bloodstream expanding blood vessels and lowering blood pressure
  • Kindness slows the ageing process
    • Two agents that speed the ageing process are free radicals and inflammation, both of which can be reduced by oxytocin
  • Kindness improves relationships
    • Kindness is wired into the human genome as a survival instinct.  The kinder we are to others, the stronger the ‘tribal’ bond and the more likely we are to survive
  • Kindness is contagious
    • Studies show that when one person commits an act of kindness, it creates a domino effect like ripples in water.  Kindness breeds more kindness

So let’s start a movement; the #CheckOutThisRak movement!  Here are great examples of Raks:

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Check out the Honey Foundations great resources, studies, and articles on kindness:

https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-research

Dr. David R. Hamilton

http://drdavidhamilton.com/the-5-side-effects-of-kindness/