Interestingly, researchers have found that people who are kind are also happier. The effects of kindness towards others are 'causal'.....kindness actually causes us to be happier and more satisfied with our lives.
I think all of us can relate that when we become self involved and our worries take center stage we become stressed out!
"One of the healthiest things a person can do is to step back from self-preoccupation and self-worry, as well as from hostile and bitter emotions," writes altruism expert Stephen Post. "There is no more obvious way of doing this than focusing attention on helping others."
In my own experience I have noticed that often, people who are able to be abusive to animals and children tend to be people who are very self involved with little or no developed ability to care for or have empathy for others.
Kindness and empathy are ways of being that are taught by modeling and nurtured into being. Anytime a young person is exposed to someone being kind there is the potential for that ability to grow within them. Equally when they are exposed to someone who is self involved that is what they learn.
So each time any of us are expressing kindness towards a non-human or human we are making a difference toward a world more kind, a world more gentle, a world more inclusive.
Wishing you all a tickled and beautiful heart,
Love Benny and Raven