Here is an extremely interesting study I heard about from Dr Wayne Dyer.
It was a study conducted to measure serotonin levels in the brain.
Serotonin is the neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for the chemical feeling for feeling good.
Anti-depressants (like Prozac) or anti-anxiety pills are designed to artificially stimulate the production of serotonin in the brain. Basically, the more serotonin, the more we feel good.
Through metabolites in the urine, the study determined how much serotonin was being produced.
This was what the research discovered:
When someone is a recipient of an act of kindness, it stimulates the production of serotonin AND it also strengthens their immune system.
They also discovered that the provider of an act of kindness, just by saying or doing something kind for another person, also had their serotonin levels increased and immune system boosted.
Even more interesting .. Observers of acts of kindness also received the increases in serotonin levels and a boost to their immune system, either by being in the energy field of someone extending an act of kindness .. or even watching it from the television or computer.
What is the significance of this?
In order to feel good, we need to focus on what makes us feel good. When we join in debates, have judgmental thoughts on others or focus on the negative, we end up feeling bad and put our health at risk. We only hurt ourselves.
What we focus on expands.
**Focus on acts of kindness – whether as the giver, receiver or observer**
Any unkind thought of judgment towards another human being does not define the person we are judging. We can call a person any name we like, but whatever it is we call that person, even if it’s just in our minds, does not make that person that.
None of us gets to define anything on the basis of our unkind judgments directed at others.
It doesn’t define them, but defines us as someone who needs to judge.
And when kindness is replaced by judgment, we take on those struggles, difficulties and problems that we don’t want.
Making the shift ..
To help refocus our thoughts, to be in perfect rapport with our originating source where we ALL emanated from:
“I intend to live my life in Peace, in such a way that the thoughts that emerge from me are in complete harmony with kindness. I choose to be an instrument of Peace in my thoughts and actions. I am the peace I seek, and from that peace, I extend kindness in all my thoughts and actions.” (Or make up something that fits you better)
Here are some great Kindness Quotes:
"Kindness in words creates confidence; kindness in thinking creates profoundness; kindness in feeling creates love."
-- Lao Tzu
"Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind."
-- Eric Hoffer
"If you were arrested for kindness, would there be enough evidence to convict you?"
"The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and of love."
-- William Wadsworth
"My religion is simple, my religion is kindness."
-- Dalai Llama
"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end."
-- Scott Adams
"Kindness is always fashionable."
-- Amelia E. Barr
"Forget injuries; never forget kindness."
"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Kindness begets kindness."
-- Greek Proverb
"A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles."
-- Washington Irving
"Kindness is loving people more than they deserve."
-- Joseph Joubert
"I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness."
-- Mother Teresa
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."
-- Mother Teresa
"Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom."
-- Theodore Isaac Rubin, M.D.
"Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that."
-- Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire
"You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you."
-- Ruth Smeltzer
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."