How is it November already?!? I feel like I just started my year of joyfulness journey and now I am already on my second to last habit. For this month, I have chosen random acts of kindness as my joyful habit. I thought this was appropriate as we begin the holiday season.
As a busy mom, I know that I have to be intentional about actually making this habit work. So I took to my planner and wrote a random act of kindness in for each day of the month. That way I won’t waste time thinking of what I can do on any particular day.
Lastly, I do not have a lot of extra money to spend this month. With three birthdays in the family, Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping, I needed this to be budget friendly. Most of the ideas I came up with are free. Here are just a few ideas I came up with if you need inspiration:
- Pick up one of the kids early from school and take a trip to the playground
- Write a letter to the kids about all the things I love about them
- Pack lunch for my husband
So as you can see they are super simple. And I am focusing most of my kindness towards my family, since they are the ones closest to me. However, I do intend to share acts of kindness with others as well.
Now here are the reasons I chose random acts of kindness for my Joyful Habit this month.
Good For Your Heart
Performing and witnessing random acts of kindness leads to the production of oxytocin. This causes the release of nitric oxide, which leads to blood vessels expanding. This creates lower blood pressure and promotes good heart health.
A study at UC Berkeley showed that those who performed random acts of kindness felt stronger and more energized.
Slows Aging And Prevents Illness
The release of oxytocin reduces inflammation in the body. Inflammation is one of the main causes of aging and illness.
Reduced Stress Anxiety And Depression
Back to our old friend, oxytocin here. This feel good hormone will reduce the amount of stress, anxiety and depression by lowering your cortisol levels, in addition to all the other feel good effects listed above. Additionally, when we perform random acts of kindness we release serotonin which calms you down and makes you feel happy.
Makes You Happier
According to Dr. David Hamilton, “On a biochemical level, it is believed that the good feeling we get is due to elevated levels of the brain’s natural versions of morphine and heroin, which we know as endogenous opioids. They cause elevated levels of dopamine in the brain and so we get a natural high, often referred to as ‘Helper’s High’.”
Raises Self Esteem
When we do good for others, we feel better about ourselves. It also makes us feel useful and valued.
When we do kind things for others, it increases your bond to them. It could also lead to creating new relationships by being kind to strangers.
I was quite surprised to learn of all the benefits of such a simple habit. Remember, these acts do not have to be grandiose or cost money in order to be effective. In my opinion, the more simple the better because you will be more likely to stock with it.
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