4: Practice Acts of Kindness

One of the things I love about working at my school is that they read a book called How Full is Your Bucket?. And then they post lovely things about random people in school on a board. It’s fabulous!

In an article in Psychology Today, they found that doing nice things boosts your serotonin levels. Why is this good? Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that boosts feelings of well-being. So when you are kind to someone else, you are also being kind to yourself.

Depression and anxiety can come through a lack of serotonin, and helping others can combat this, a bit. In addition, it takes you outside your own little sphere. We see that life is not just about ourselves, but about others. And that can really help us see the positives in our lives.

I try to find the positive behaviours that people do and tell them how much I appreciate those good acts. Even just the act of smiling at others, can boost both their feelings of happiness as well as yours. The more you can do, hopefully the more others will also do, thus spreading good feelings long.

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