This week I have been thinking about kindness, acceptance, and openness. These virtues appear to play a significant role in bringing us together as human beings. They bring us joy, unity, cooperation, and moving us forward.
Yet, it is difficult for most people to live these virtues consistently. We have seen anger, hatred, prejudice, negative judgment destroying marriages, families, societies, and countries. Although every human being has the capability to be kind and accepting, the minute they feel threatened by a different idea, person’s color, culture, belief, or action, they resort back to anger and destruction.
How come it is easier to be mean than to be kind?
Maybe because we are wired to protect ourselves with our anger when we are threatened as our primary instinct. We become self-preserving, self-serving, and self-centered. Kindness appears to need more complex thinking, it requires us to go beyond ourselves and think of others. it requires a more mature developmental stage to go beyond our own bubble and extend ourselves to another’s well being. It takes a secure ego state to be able to extend a hand toward another being.
The reward of kindness is plenty. being kind or being around acts of kindness produces oxytocin, ‘love hormone’ which lowers blood pressure and improves our overall heart-health. Oxytocin also increases our self-esteem, high energy, optimism, feeling calmer, less anxious, and depressed since the brain’s reward center’s light up. Acts of kindness release more serotonin, the “feel-good” chemical that heals our wounds, calms us down and makes us happy.
With all that said, you would assume that there would be more acts of kindness that destructive acts in a life span of any human being. Not necessarily.
What makes you act destructively, or angrily?
When do you choose to be kind?
When you have the option of both, being mean vs.kind, which do you choose?
I think that when we experience kindness and experience the rewards, then we choose kindness, it is a more elevated consciousness to go beyond the self and be for others as well.
May you experience Kindness and share yourself with others.