An antidote to Blue Monday
How Kindness can help anyone feeling blue
Looking for a cure for #BlueMonday? Take the time to perform an act of kindness for someone else and receive what is called a ‘Helper’s High’.
According to scientist and author David Hamilton, Kindness makes us happier: ‘When we do something kind for someone else, we feel good. On a spiritual level, many people feel that this is because it is the right thing to do and so we’re tapping into something deep and profound inside of us that says, ‘This is who I am.’ On a biochemical level, it is believed that the good feeling we get is due to elevated levels of the brain’s natural versions of morphine and heroin, which we know as endogenous opioids. They cause elevated levels of dopamine in the brain and so we get a natural high, often referred to as ‘Helper’s High’.
Think of it as a form of self-kindness to you and something nice for the recipient. It’s a win-win for both of you.