What does kindness mean to our friends in Australia? We posed that very question to some Random Acts supporters at The Hub Production’s All Hell Breaks Loose conventions in Sydney and Melbourne this past year, and we were thrilled with their answers. From stories of acts performed in the name of charity to generosity given to our supporters themselves, stories of kindness were everywhere.
“I volunteer in the [local retirement home] once a week,” said one supporter. “I like to see the old people happy!”
A few supporters explained what it meant to feel the effects of kindness as well.
“It means being happy,” shared one young woman.
According to research out of the University of California, Berkeley, those supporters are exactly right — and they’re onto something big.
A 2006 study by the National Institute of Health, reported researchers, discovered that those who frequently gave of themselves to others — whether by donating goods, money, or simply time and effort — had increased stimulation to the parts of their brain that controlled joy and euphoria, trust, and social connection. Or as our supporter put it “happiness”.
But don’t take our word for it. Hear about the importance and effects of kindness from Random Acts’ Australian supporters (and one surprise guest) themselves: