Research from Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, and an expert on human happiness, found remarkable results about kindness and giving in one study she conducted when she asked some students to commit five random acts of kindness in one day a week, for six consecutive weeks, whilst another group did not. The group that performed the acts of kindness had a 42 percent increase in happiness.
“Be sensitive to your own needs and the other person’s needs. If you’re helping too much, and you’re not taking care of yourself, you might feel exploited or you might feel like it’s a burden. Maybe the other person wants to do things for themselves. You have to be sensitive to what the other person needs, which is hard because you can’t always guess. It’s good to make things a habit, but if you do things the same way every time you take things for granted.” quoted Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky to therenewalproject.
On April 25th, 2022, YCAB Foundation had the opportunity to contribute and share some of our values on Social Connext’s YouTube Live talk show and share why it is important to give in a Connext Talk titled “Hidup tidak selalu tentang memiliki tapi juga tentang berbagi”. Connext Talk is one of the programs implemented by Social Connext with the concept of talk shows, held once a month with mentors and the community.
The relaxed talk show discussed why we, as human beings, have to co-exist with others to live a better life. Knowing that we all have our strengths and weaknesses that complement each other. That’s why sharing, caring, and giving are important, how we impact other people’s paths are vital to our happiness (and mental health).
Neneng Julia, Do Something Indonesia Specialist, talked about the importance and joys of lending a hand, and being kind to others, something YCAB Foundation holds dear as one of our core values. “I think sharing with others is beneficial for our wellness and how our brain works, in the form of giving, either money, goods, or words that can indeed meet people’s needs. Giving can also be regarded as a noble activity that can fill the void of others,”
How about you, YCABers? Have you done a random act of kindness or giving today?