Mental Health Awareness week – Day 5

A huge thank you to everyone that has taken time to read our posts throughout mental health awareness week. We have had some lovely pieces of work handed in so far, but if you haven’t quite finished yours yet please still send it on when it’s complete to showmywork@nicholaschamberlaine.co.uk

 

Today’s post focuses around why being kind is actually good for your health…

What are the health benefits of kindness?

Helping others feels good

Did you know that there is some evidence to suggest that when we help others, it can promote changes in the brain that are linked with happiness.

 

It creates a sense of belonging and reduces isolation

Helping others is thought to be one of the ways that people create, maintain, and strengthen their social connections.  For example, volunteering and helping others can help us  make new friends, and connect with our local community.

 

It helps keep things in perspective

 

Being aware of our own acts of kindness, as well as the things we are grateful for, can increase feelings of happiness, optimism and satisfaction. Doing good may help you to have a more positive outlook about your own life. 

 

 It helps to make the world a happier place – one act of kindness can often lead to more!

Acts of kindness have the potential to make the world a happier place. An act of kindness can boost feelings of confidence, being in control, happiness and optimism.

 

The more you do for others, the more you do for yourself

The benefits of helping others can last long after the act itself, for those offering kindness, and those who benefit. This, in turn, can improve our self-esteem.