It is Manly to Show Acts of Kindness

Luke 6:35 “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.”

Colossians 3:12 “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;”

I truly believe that people who make the greatest impact in the world display acts of “kindness.” Jesus speaks a lot about serving others and loving others. There is power in kind acts. Here are a few reasons to be kind.

When you are kind to others it makes you feel good. “An article in Science reported that people who spend more of their income on others are happier than people who spend more on themselves. Researchers found this to be true both for people they surveyed from the general population and among people they tested in a laboratory, where participants who were told to buy a gift for someone else reported feeling happier than people told to spend money on personal items.” [1]

Some studies have shown that there are psychological rewards for acts of kindness that are reflected in the neural circuitry of the brain. When you are kind you feel better.

You can change people’s lives by acting kind. Kindness is contagious. “Once while Abraham Lincoln was dining in the White House one of his guests blew on his coffee, poured it into his saucer, and drank from it. As you might imagine, some of the refined ladies and gentlemen seated nearby were aghast, and for a moment the room was filled with an embarrassed silence. Then Lincoln took his coffee, poured it into his saucer, and for the rest of the evening drank directly from it. And you know what? Everyone else in the room followed suit! One small act of kindness saved a White House guest unbelievable embarrassment. And that simple but thoughtful gesture by one of America’s greatest presidents reminds us of the value of setting an example of kindness.” [2]

When you are kind to others you can change their life for the better. Pounder for a moment and think of a time you made someone’s day better just with an act of kindness. How did you feel afterwards? Jesus teaches that kindness is an attribute of God himself. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV) it teaches us what God desires for us, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”

Another recent study, conducted by the Department of Psychology of Tohoku Gakuin University in Japan, examined the relationship between happiness and kindness. The results reveal that happiness in life was increased simply by counting acts of kindnesses performed over a one week period. [3] The bottom line is this! You can give kindness for free and it betters your life. With research to prove it why not try it today?

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References:
1. http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/is_kindness_really_its_own_reward
2. https://books.google.com/books?id=cC1JDvDl3mUC&pg=PA61&lpg=PA61&dq=abraham+lincoln+acts+of+kindness+drank+from+a+saucer&source=bl&ots=aYB5gczumQ&sig=qY03b_mfz9TXZDXtX-jSMtBWifM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj4kJ-hpP_JAhUGbz4KHR9hB5YQ6AEIIzAB#v=onepage&q=abraham%20lincoln%20acts%20of%20kindness%20drank%20from%20a%20saucer&f=false
3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1820947/

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