Virtual Service February 7, 2021

A Religion of Kindness

by Lyndon Harris

February 7, 2021 10:30AM

The Dalai Lama once said, “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” But kindness often gets short shrift in the dog-eat-dog-winner-takes- all-world we live in. Kindness is often seen as weak. How many movies can you think of where kindness wins the day; compared to the number of movies where desires for revenge are satisfied, and the hero rides triumphantly off into the sunset, having won the day? But kindness is getting a facelift. Research has shown that a simple act of kindness directed toward another person improves the functioning of the immune system and stimulates the production of serotonin in both the recipient of the kindness and the person extending the kindness. In fact, this is the goal of most anti-depressant medications: to boost serotonin. And Wayne Dyer has pointed out that even witnessing an act of kindness can boost one’s serotonin! If kindness is so good for us, why isn’t there more of it? Let’s work on that!

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