Find Joy in the Joy of Others

“Practice acts of kindness and compassion. Research studies show that this gives you a “helper’s high.” People’s pleasure-joy centers in the brain light up when they do kind things for others. We have a wired-in need for connectedness, interdependence, and cooperation. It releases oxytocin.” –Hana Matt

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”-Dalai Lama

On a macro and micro scale, the fate of humanity rests on the ability of the world population to practice love, kindness, and compassion toward one another, animals, and the environment. 

Everything is cyclical. 

The common cliché that you have probably heard multiple times throughout your childhood has a timeless truth to it; what comes around goes around.

When was the last time you did something altruistic? 

Or that someone acted out of sheer kindness toward you? 

How did it make you feel when you brightened someone’s day?

Some might describe the feeling as warm and fuzzy, rewarding, fulfilling, or heartwarming. When acts of kindness and compassion are directed toward you, you might feel surprised, loved, thankful, touched, or dare we say, joyous

The commonality between both sides of the coin is whether you are giving or receiving, the effects are truly positive and long-lasting.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”-Dalai Lama

A part of our happiness relies on our ability to connect with others. 

Connections are made between two people when there is a shared interest, a physical or emotional attraction, and/or an exchange of kindness, compassion, trust, and sincerity. We build relationships by being good to one another. We want to spend our time with those who are genuine, caring, and supportive.

 In order to find people that possess those important qualities, we ourselves must possess those desirable and necessary qualities too.

A little kindness can go a long way! 

And, while we may be physically separated by from one another as we abide by the call for social distancing, acts of kindness, compassion, and love know no physical barriers!

Here are a few simple acts of kindness we can do from the safety of our homes: 

Make a donation to a worthy cause
Put positive notes in places others will see
Drop off cat or dog food at an animal shelter
Call your grandparents
Place a happy or positive sign in your front yard
Leave only positive comments on social media
Plant a tree or a plant
Write someone a thank you note
Send flowers to someone just because
Tell your parents how much you love and appreciate them

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