When you write about an act of kindness, your brain starts firing confetti cannons filled with oxytocin, the love hormone responsible for our deep bonds with others, and serotonin, the neurotransmitter in charge of well-being and satisfaction. These chemicals are released even if you write about an experience you saw happen or something someone did for you ages ago! Our brains also release endorphins when we do something kind for others which is where the “helper’s high” comes from as endorphins ease stress and pain. Who needs ice cream when you can get the same feelings just by doing an act of kindness?
Placing your act of kindness on the map is like when Neil Armstrong put a flag on the moon. You’re yelling “I was here!” You are leaving a mark on the digital landscape. That act of kindness is no longer a fleeting moment which was is not thought of again, but now has a digital home and is represented by an adorable pin. Sharing it makes it more memorable.
Get this: you can’t write about kindness and be anxious or angry at the same time. You can’t be preparing for a zombie apocalypse and also be talking about this lemonade stand which raised more than $150,000 for a local children’s hospital. Writing about kindness is a meditation on humanity and what it means to be a kind person in today’s world. Many people struggle with anxiety, depression and lack of connection and SeeKindness offers a new coping strategy. We can cope by redirecting our thoughts to something positive and easing the anxiety in our mind and body. Kindness is heckin’ powerful.
Many folks talk about how important it is to stop and smell the flowers. But how often do we actually pay attention to those moments? Do we really value those experiences when they happen? A Harvard study shows that we undervalue ordinary or ‘mundane’ moments that actually end up being much more significant to us later on. This is why posting an act of kindness to SeeKindness.org is so important. It creates a safe space for us to meditate on kindness and value the smaller moments that make life meaningful.
Kindness has a ton of health benefits. It reduces stress, lowers cholesterol, eases anxiety, releases oxytocin, increases serotonin and improves self-esteem and quality of life. Really, these are just the tip of the iceberg. When you experience an act of kindness and then post it, everyone who reads your kindness story after will experience the same benefits. It’s insane. It’s osmosis. It’s trickery. And it doesn’t stop there. Reading about acts of kindness others have done is inspiring. Kindness works like that – a domino causing others to fall, a snowball picking up snow and speed down a hill, a humongous cookie everyone gets to eat. When you share an act of kindness on SeeKindness.org, you inspire a chain reaction to help others get out of themselves and help someone else.