It’s now February and that means it is Feel Good February! The aim of Feel Good February is to encourage us to initiate random acts of kindness to give a happiness boost to others and ourselves. A lot of us teachers have decided to take on the job for its rewarding nature. We love passing on our knowledge to our students and watching them go on to flourish in the real world is so satisfying for us to see. So, let’s ask ourselves, why is kindness so rewarding?
The simple answer to this question is dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical released by the brain when you undertake an action which causes you to feel satisfied. Initiating random acts of kindness is one of those activities which can trigger a dopamine hit.
There are plenty of benefits in receiving a hit of dopamine every now and then. Aside from it obviously making you feel good, it also aids in our physiological and neurological functions. Some of these functions include memory and focus, sleep, mood and our ability to tolerate pain. Once these are in working order, we can experience greater happiness, motivation and focus.