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  • Writer's pictureJ. Wilson

Unleash the Power of Kindness: Why Your Acts Matter More Than You Think

Hey there, fellow humans! Let's talk about something that's not exactly breaking news but is still super important: kindness. Turns out, it's not just about being a good person; it's like a secret superpower for your well-being.

Think about it: being kind doesn't just make someone's day, it can actually boost your own self-esteem and keep your blood pressure in check. Plus, kind folks tend to live longer and have healthier relationships. Even just seeing acts of kindness can put a smile on your face.

But here's the kicker: we might not fully grasp how much our little acts of kindness mean to others. According to a recent study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, when we do something nice, we often underestimate how much it'll brighten someone else's day. Whether it's giving away a cup of hot cocoa or a little gift, we tend to downplay the impact of our actions.

So, what's the deal with that?

Well, turns out, many of us suffer from a serious case of low self-esteem. Like, a whopping 85% of us struggle with it! We've all got this inner critic that's constantly putting us down, making us doubt ourselves, and messing with our relationships. It's like having a mean little voice in our heads telling us we're not good enough.

And guess what? This inner critic isn't exactly the motivational type. Instead of pushing us to do good, it just makes us doubt ourselves even more. It's like having a tiny troll living in your brain, whispering things like, "Don't bother, nobody cares," or "You're just gonna embarrass yourself."

But here's the thing: even when it's not actively sabotaging us, our inner critic can still mess with our heads. It makes us focus so much on ourselves that we forget about the positive impact we can have on others. Like, ever held back from giving someone a compliment because you thought it would be awkward? Turns out, you're not alone. Studies show that we tend to underestimate how much our kind words mean to others, and we overestimate how awkward they'll feel about it.

So, what can we do about it?

Well, for starters, we can shut that inner critic up by being kind to others. But it's not just about random acts of kindness; we've also gotta change the way we see ourselves. Instead of listening to that negative voice in our heads, we need to see ourselves the way others see us. It's all about challenging those distorted thoughts and recognizing the good stuff we bring to the table.

Because here's the thing: when we see ourselves in a positive light, we're not just happier ourselves, we spread that happiness to others too. So go ahead, embrace your inner superhero, and spread some kindness today. You never know whose day you might brighten with just a smile or a kind word.

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