Why Kindness Can Change Your Mood and Your Life

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I’ve been noticing that there are more and more people becoming inspired by what I do. Some have even been inspired to the point they’ve begun to take steps toward their passions or calling.

As an influencer, there is nothing that jazzes me up more than hearing or seeing this.  It’s even better when they reach out and ask for help. Why? Because I remember being in their shoes not too long ago.  I remember searching for people who were doing what I wanted to do. I also remember how grateful I was for their assistance and kindness along the way. In some way or form they changed my life for the better♥

Before researching and learning about the affects of kindness, life experience led me to learn early that the quickest way to snap out of a funk was to go and serve others. It’s such a win/win situation on many levels.

The receiver of any act of kindness almost undoubtedly experiences a boost in their mood—a state of gratitude. Appreciation is number one on Abraham-Hicks’ Emotional Guidance Scale. The giver also experiences a mood boost—joy, which  shares the number one spot on the Emotional Guidance Scale with appreciation, empowerment, freedom and love.

Kindness evidently elicits top dog emotions.  My faves!

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There’s been studies done to measure the serotonin levels of those who are the recipient, giver, or observer of an act of kindness.

What is serotonin?

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter/chemical that sends signals between our nerve cells. Most of it hangs out in the gut, but it’s also displaced among our blood platelets and central nervous system. Serotonin helps to regulate our moods, sleep and appetite.

Research has shown that for those who are the recipient of an act of kindness, their serotonin levels rise. For those who perform an act of kindness, their levels rise, too. And finally, for those who observe an act of kindness being done, you guessed it—their levels also rise.

Cool, huh? So serotonin, a chemical popularly thought of as the “feel good” chemical, rises when it comes into play with kindness, therefore boosting our moods.

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So, I go back to what I mentioned earlier. Whenever we are feeling low or find ourselves in a funk, go be kind to someone else and experience what many call this phenomenon, the “helpers high.” And don’t be surprised when you see others begin to pay it forward.

So, when others are inspired by what I do, which in hindsight is just serving others as kindly as possible, It makes me want to help them even more—because deep down I am very well aware that what they do, in turn, will help others, too. And the cycle just continues. How’s that for legacy?

So, my friends, hold a door open for someone, help a friend move, give someone directions, leave a ‘thank you’ note on your bill when you go out to eat, and as much as possible, smile at others.

These examples all have the power to change someone’s day—and yours, too♥

Positively yours,

James

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