KIND – HEALTHY HABITS
Today, look at the world through eyes of kindness.
When we’re kind, our brain releases oxytocin which naturally improves our overall health.
Performing just one random act of kindness a day, you will not only reduce your stress, anxiety, and depression, but your body is flooded with the same hormones that make you and the person you've helped calmer, healthier and happier.
Learn more about the healthy power of kindness in this Science of Kindness video by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.
What a healthy dose kindness can do.
Below is a list of science-backed benefits that kindness has been proven to provide.
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases self-esteem and optimism
- Boosts energy
- Decreases depression
- Enhances self-worth
- Instills calmness
- Produces serotonin and oxytocin—natural happy-pills 🙂
- Produces endorphins—natural painkillers
- Slows aging by reducing cortisol
- Decreases social anxiety
What’s amazing is when you are kind to another person, your brain’s pleasure and reward centers light up, as if you were the recipient of the good deed—not the giver. This phenomenon is called the “helper’s high”, according to research from Emory University.
Making time to extend more kindness will not only extend our lifespan but will make those extra years happier and healthier ones.