It’s easy to be so caught up in our own world that we don’t notice when others need help and support. In the words of Plato~ “Be Kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”
Kindness is also a win-win as acts of kindness are good for our physical and our emotional well-being.
Studies show that the act of helping another person triggers activity in the caudate nucleus and anterior cingulate cortex regions of the brain, the same area of the brain activated when people receive rewards or undergo a pleasurable experience. They showed that doing something for someone else literally was its own reward
There are now many organisations dedicated to encouraging acts of kindness http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas
I decided to give one of the suggestions on the website a go, Smile at Strangers, how hard could that be?! I have to confess this wasn’t a huge success, in fact, one elderly gentleman looked most perturbed when I grinned at him in the street, he looked rather unsteady as he hobbled away as quickly as he could, he dog didn’t look too chuffed either. Oh, well, you can’t win them all!