So here I thought I was doing good deeds to try and make a positive difference in the world, to start a chain reaction of random acts of niceness, to turn those frowns upside down (okay, I made up that last one).
Turns out, it’s really me that’s benefiting. Check this paragraph out from a really interesting blog post I read today called “12 Things Happy People Do Differently”:
4. Practice acts of kindness. – Performing an act of kindness releases serotonin in your brain. (Serotonin is a substance that has TREMENDOUS health benefits, including making us feel more blissful.) Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside. What’s even cooler about this kindness kick is that not only will you feel better, but so will people watching the act of kindness. How extraordinary is that? Bystanders will be blessed with a release of serotonin just by watching what’s going on. A side note is that the job of most anti-depressants is to release more serotonin. Move over Pfizer, kindness is kicking ass and taking names.
You can read the other
eight 11 things HERE.
So I tried to feel the rush of serotonin when, against my better judgment, I ran over to the scruffy looking stranger across the subway barricade to find out why he was waiving his arms to get my attention. But, to be honest, all I felt was wariness with a smidge of fear.
Turns out, he was just looking for someone to hand him one of the free newspapers stacked just out of reach on my side of the barricade.
I did feel good after I handed it to him, but not sure if that was serotonin kicking in … or just relief.
P.S. Song for the day. Love Stacey Kent’s voice. Enjoy!