Did you wonder how the Paris attacks could actually create a stronger “World Kindness Day?” True human kindness was shown, at its best, in the days following the attack as witnessed by many of us in the numerous media stories. Tweets, during the attacks, showed how ‘kindness spreads faster than hate.’ Tributes were laid to victims of the Paris attacks at the foot of the Monument a La Republique, in many cases by strangers for strangers.
Dr. Stephen Post, author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving, discusses kindness in his lectures across the globe. He empowers others through profoundly moving real-life stories that illustrate the growing science of kindness, love and giving and how it unlocks the doors to health, happiness, and success. He says when the happiness, security, and wellbeing of another person is meaningful to you, you “love that person.” But love is expressed in different ways depending on the needs of those around us, and also on our particular personality and strengths. Each of these ways of love benefits others, but as a side effect, it also benefits the giver. Post goes on to say “that altruism is one of the factors that increases the odds of well-being, better health, or survival in many people,” though cautions, “it is no guarantee of good health.” The overall explanation for why altruism influences health so positively is “that emotional states of unselfish love and kindness displace negative emotional states (e.g. rage, hatred, fear), which cause stress and stress-related illness through adverse impact on immune function.”
In a recent article published in Care2, titled “7 ways that being kind makes you happier and healthier, ” #1 “Being kind increases your overall sense of happiness and well-being,” quoted Dr. Post, of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, who discussed that being kind generates a side effect he calls “the giver’s glow.” One of the top five factors contributing to lower depression rates is “giving to neighbors and communities.”
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