Have you ever heard the phrase, “Hate is a strong word”? Hate is indeed a strong word, but it is also a strong emotion that is ever-present in the world today. However, hate only causes harm. The truth is, when trying to make the world a better place, you should meet the it with love, not hatred.
Why Do We Hate?
Everyone has experienced the emotion of hate. People express hate towards many different things like where they live, a person who hurt them, a certain type of food, etc. There are several reasons why we feel hate.
A Distraction from Our Insecurities
Sometimes, we express hate because we want to distract ourselves from the things we are insecure about. As mentioned above, hate is a strong emotion, and it has the power to overshadow other emotions we may be experiencing.
In-Group vs. Out-Group Mentality
As we go through life, we quickly learn the in-group vs. out-group mentality. This means that we like everything and everyone that exists in our inner circle, but we dislike anything and anyone that exists outside of that circle. This is the same mentality that leads to large conflicts in society.
Projecting Ourselves on Others
Another reason why we hate is that we tend to project the things we dislike about ourselves onto other people. That way, we express hate towards other people rather than focusing our hate inward.
Finding a Scapegoat
When we get frustrated with life, we like to find someone or something to blame it on. However, blaming someone else for your difficulties prevents you from seeing how your own actions affected your predicament.
Hatred is Harmful
While we all experience hate, dwelling on hatred for a long period of time can be detrimental to your well-being and harm your relationships with other people.
Hatred has the power to divide people and pit people against each other. This is problematic because separation leads to conflict and discrimination.
When we hold onto hate for too long, our body begins to react negatively. Here are just a few of the health consequences of prolonged hatred:
- Increases in cortisol
- Increases in adrenaline
- Higher likelihood of chronic illness
- Weight gain
- Damaged nervous system
Damage to Your Mental Wellbeing
Furthermore, hate causes damage to your mental health. A few mental well-being consequences include the following:
- Obsessive Thinking
Makes You Lonely
Finally, people dislike being around people who talk negatively all the time. Being filled with hate can lead you to lose relationships and struggle to form new relationships.
How to Spread More Love
You can significantly improve your life and the lives of the people around you by spreading love instead of hate. Here are a few simple suggestions for how to spread more love:
Share Your Passions with Others
First, everyone is passionate about something. You can spread love by teaching other people about your passions or sharing your creations.
Stand Up for the Things You Care About
Second, you can stand up for the things you care about when other people express hate. Supporting the things that you love is a great way to share that love with others.
Do Random Acts of Kindness
Third, random acts of kindness are a great way to share love with others. There are so many simple ways to spread kindness. For some ideas, check out this list of over 100 random acts of kindness.
Make Someone Smile Every Day
Finally, you can spread love by striving to make at least one person smile every day. Whether it’s your significant other, a friend, a family member, or a stranger, everyone can benefit from a smile.