Random Acts of Kindness Boost Your Self-Esteem
by Sam Woolfe
Posted December 20, 2019
Random acts of kindness can boost your self-esteem. There’s this widespread belief that you cannot love other people until you love yourself. To a certain extent, this is true, in that, when you care for yourself you are in the best position possible to care for others. However, you don’t have to wait until your self-esteem is healthy to show kindness towards others. It’s not that black-and-white. Your relationship with others is a mutual interplay. You work on yourself so that you can be there for others, and you show compassion towards others as a way to work on yourself. Therefore, when your self-esteem is low, it can really help to do random acts of kindness.
Random acts of kindness boost your self-esteem because they go against the notion that you aren’t valuable. When you have low self-esteem, you may come to believe negative things about yourself that are untrue, distorted, exaggerated, black-and-white, and deeply harmful to your well being. You may have this opinion that you are useless, a burden, worthless, incompetent, and of no value to anyone around you. More…