In a world where concepts such as prejudice, bullying, and violence are taken lightly, kindness can be the cure for the illness that is hate. Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year, that’s enough to fill up the entire Verizon Center 175 times. Thousands of people die each year from terrorist attacks, and billions of people are affected by hate every day.
Kindness is contagious; if you are nice to someone, that may inspire them to be kind to another person, forming a chain reaction. You never know how someone’s day is going or how their state of mind is, so be kind to them because it could make a significant change to their lives. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in people ages 10-24 in the United States. Someone may have decided to give up and they could take your kindness as a reason to stay. No act of kindness goes unnoticed. Be kind to all people, big or small, light or dark, male or female, because it could benefit all sorts of people. We are all human no matter how our outward appearances differ. If everyone starts with one act of kindness a day, it could significantly impact our society and create a supportive atmosphere.
Being kind not only makes the recipient feel good, but those who are kind as well. It releases dopamine into your body which causes a natural high. Kindness is also good for your heart because it releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps your heart. Oxytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide in blood vessels, which dilates the blood vessels, lowering blood pressure. Therefore, oxytocin is known as a ‘cardioprotective’ hormone because it protects the heart by lowering blood pressure.
Kindness can touch anyone’s heart, no matter how big or small the act is, so just remember to be kind to everyone.