Default Gratefully To Compassion and Kindness
This week our hearts go out to all those involved and have had their lives changed forever by the terrorist incidents in Manchester and London.
Although in awful circumstances, these recent events also brought with it many heartwarming examples of kindness given by strangers to strangers.
In his writings Darwin identified kindness as the strongest and most valuable instinct for man, the one that makes survival possible for humanity as a species, and many other scientists nowadays argue that our brains are hardwired for kindness. Forget survival of the fittest, talking about his book ‘Born To Be Good’, Dacher Keltner, director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory, says born to be good means that evolution has ‘crafted a species—us—with remarkable tendencies toward kindness, play, generosity, reverence and self-sacrifice, which are vital to the classic tasks of evolution—survival, gene replication and smooth functioning groups.’
Of-course other biological tendencies, such as anger, can have an influence over our behaviour, however scientists tell us that when we are compassionate and kind it releases the powerful and feel good neurochemical oxytocin, so it generates a whole load of positive emotions.
Practice it every day to everyone around us.