Steeping yourself in negativity has seriously terrible consequences for your mental and physical health.
The idea that helping others is part of a meaningful life has been around for thousands of years. Aristotle wrote that finding happiness and fulfillment is achieved “by loving rather than in being loved.” According to the psychologist Carol Ryff, who reviewed the writings of numerous philosophers throughout history, relationships with others are “a central feature of a positive, well-lived life.”
In her article for the Greater Good Science Centre, Juliana Breines writes about three strategies to bring more kindness into your life.
One of the best ways to increase our own happiness is to do things that make other people happy. In countless studies, kindness and generosity have been linked to greater life satisfaction, stronger relationships, and better mental and physical health—generous people even live longer.
When is the last time you did a good deed for someone in your office? How did it make you feel? How did it make them feel? It is an amazing thought to consider that just a small act of random kindness can have massive effects when it comes to human performance in the workplace.
For Psychology Today, Dr. Prince-Mitchell explains the key to happiness for children and teens.
We don’t make children happy by simply enabling them to be receivers of kindness. We increase their feelings of happiness and well-being, reduce bullying, and improve their friendships by teaching them to be givers of kindness…