The Power of Kindness
It's true that when we help those, we help ourselves. Kindness is one thing that we need more of in this world. When you are kind, you benefit everybody–even yourself! There are proven physical and mental health benefits associated with kindness and positivity. When you show kindness, not only do you improve the world around you, but you improve your own health too! As Muslims, it’s our prerogative to show kindness. When we show kindness, Allah is pleased. So, we are going to discuss a few benefits of being kind, and what the Koran has to say about kindness.
O Aisha, Allah is kind and He loves kindness in all matters.
Helping Others Feels Great
Acts of kindness are proven to increase feelings of well being and belonging. Being kind improves our own self esteem. When we help others, our brain produces feel-good chemicals that boost our mood, and improve our mental health.
Verily, Allah is kind and merciful to the people.
(Surah Al-Baqarah 2:143)
Kindness Creates Community:
Face-to-face acts of kindness reduce feelings of isolation, and increase senses of belonging. When we volunteer, for example, we participate in a community where we can have positive interactions, make new friends, and connect with those around us.
There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves.
Grievous to him is what you suffer, for he is concerned over you and
to the believers he is kind and merciful.
(Surah At-Tawbah 9:128)
Some Physical Health Benefits of Kindness
Being kind reduces feelings of stress and anxiety. When we are kind, our brain produces a chemical called oxycontin, which improves our immune system, improves heart-health. Oxycontin also reduces chances of cancer, chronic pain, and obesity. Its associated with good feelings, and is likely to make you feel loved, active, and healthy.
relatives, orphans, the poor, near and distant neighbors, close friends, [needy]
travelers, and those [bondspeople] in your possession. Surely Allah does not
like whoever is arrogant, boastful—“
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