Improving Mental Health Through Kindness
World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on November 13th in the bases of event. For celebrating, participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organizations, this is for every human beings as well as animals. World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement. This organization was formed at a 1997 Tokyo conference of kindness organizations from around the world. There are currently over 28 nations involved in The World Kindness Movement. For this movement, in which is not affiliated with any religion or political movement. The mission of the World Kindness Movement and World Kindness Day is to create a kinder world by inspiring individuals and nations towards greater kindness.
Kindness and the Brain
Most of the study shows the kindness and spread kindness in the world. It can boost serotonin and dopamine levels in your brain, that are very important which are known as the “feel good, happy hormones.” On the contrary, arguments, anger, jealousy, feelings of guilt and other negative emotions over a long period of time can harvest an increase in cortisol which over time can have adverse effects on the body, leading to weakened immune function and weight gain, especially central weight gain. In other words, our positive and negative emotions are closely tied to both mental and physical symptoms.
A smile, holding the door open for another, bringing food to someone, paying for the person in line behind you, connecting with a stranger, and saying “I love you” to someone close are all acts of kindness that can be practiced on a regular basis. So often we hold back from being kind because we don’t know what to do or we don’t think our actions will make an impact, but they do and the research proves this.
There some other symptoms and tips for improving health and mental level
Call someone you have not spoken with recently.
We live in such a busy society that our primary communication has resorted to texts, emails, and social media. Hearing a voice on the other line can strengthen your relationship with that person. This could involve a conversation with a neighbor who lived in an area you moved away from, a childhood friend who you’re primarily “in touch” with only through social media updates, or your grandmother, who lives hours away. It is easier to feel and express emotions through phone conversations and you may share a deeper connection with this person than you would through text or email.
Engage in a simple daily gesture to help someone else.
Whether it is taking out the trash for your significant other, refilling the coffee at work, running an errand for your parent or completing the grocery shopping for a week, simple acts of kindness can go a long way.
Donate your time, money, or skills.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and it can also give you a sense of fulfillment. Whether you choose to donate money to an animal shelter, pick up trash at a local beach, or volunteer at a homeless shelter; donating your time, money and skillset can better your community and set an example for others around you.
Be kind to yourself.
Self-care is an act of kindness that often goes unnoticed. Spend time investing in yourself whether it is reading a book, taking a bath, buying a new outfit, or spending time engaging in your favorite hobby. If you are not fulfilled or happy, then others around you will notice and the negative energy is transferred onto them.
We all make mistakes, pick fights, and say hurtful words to others, but we all have the chance to make amends and ask for forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness can be a way to start over, put hurtful feelings behind us, and move on. We also have the power to grant others forgiveness, even if they do not apologize. When we forgive others, we let go of any negative or hostile feelings that we are harboring.