Lady Gaga’s music has healing powers and so do her actions IRL. As part of the Today show and NBC’s #ShareKindness campaign, the superstar recently paid a visit to New York City’s Ali Forney Center, a shelter for homeless LGBT youth, and shared part of her personal journey to happiness in the hopes that it could help others do the same.
“Kindness to me is an action of love or a showing of love to someone else. And I also believe that kindness is the cure to violence and hatred around the world. I like to share kindness in a lot of different ways. I love to give things to people that have nothing or less than me,” she says in a clip.
“These children are not just homeless or in need. Many of them are trauma survivors. They’ve been rejected in some type of way. My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 5, 2016
The “Born This Way” singer opened up to the teens about her own mental health struggles. “I told the kids today, ‘I suffer from PTSD.’ I’ve never told anyone that before. So here we are. But the kindness that's shown to me by doctors as well as my family, and my friends, and it’s really saved my life.”
“Meditation helps me to calm down,” she told the teens before leading them in a breathing exercise. “I don’t have the same kind of issues that you have, but I have a mental illness and I struggle with that every day so I need my mantra to help keep me relaxed.”
This singer continues to surprise and inspire us.
Story originally appeared on InStyle.com by Olivia Bahou.