Even a little spark of kindness can put a colossal burst of sunshine into someone’s day. Here are a handful of reasons why acts of kindness are so good for you–whether you’re the giver, recipient, or even the observer of the kind act.
“Research has shown that a simple act of kindness directed toward another improves the functioning of the immune system and stimulates the production of serotonin in both the recipient of the kindness and the person extending the kindness. Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved!” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
Lifting others up is a tried and true way to cheer yourself up, and a little bit of kindness goes a long way for everyone involved. Compassion is generous, pure, and free, its echoes being truly endless. It’s a breath of fresh air to someone when they feel overwhelmed, a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, a soothing melody in a melancholy moment, a sort of magic.
One act of kindness can make a tremendous impact on a person’s day, and even their life. Let the following benefits of kindness inspire you to give people a piece of your heart rather than a piece of your mind.
11 Ways We Benefit from Acts of Kindness
2. People who spend money on others experience more happiness than those who spend money on themselves. The more generous we are with gifts and donations, it seems, the happier we tend to be.
3. Regularly volunteering your time may lead to a longer life, greater happiness and life satisfaction, better pain management, and lower blood pressure, and the positive benefits of helping others usually lasts longer than the act itself.
4. When we witness acts of kindness, that emotional warmth and burst of energy that we feel, followed by a period of calmness, is called the “helper’s high,” and it’s one reason why kindness is contagious. Everyone involved–the giver, recipient, and observer–benefits from a boost in serotonin levels, our body’s natural feel-good chemical.
5. Acts of kindness stimulate the release of the hormone known as oxytocin, which protects the heart by lowering blood pressure.
6. The biology of kindness is quite interesting. Being nice can strengthen our immune system, reduce aches and pains, improve cardiovascular profile, and boost energy and strength in the elderly. Watch this TED Talk with Dr. David Hamilton describing how kindness is good for you.
7. Kindness is an expression of empathy (the ability to understand and share the feelings of others) and altruism (the selfless concern for the well-being of others). It just so happens that empathy and altruism, which are different but closely related, are also positively connected to our level of happiness. Altruism, compassion, and service significantly improves everything from life satisfaction to self-realization and physical health.
8. A Chinese study found that kindness is physically attractive, and can even be more attractive than good looks.
9. Here is a great article that explains how acts of kindness positively affect our performance and our relationships, help us better cope with pain/trauma and negative emotions, improve our immunity and overall health, and give life a greater sense of purpose.
10. Kindness, taught at a young age, can have a tremendously positive impact on an individual’s life. This article explains how introducing loving kindness in schools leads to happier, healthier, more optimistic, and more productive children.
11. Showing some compassion toward yourself is just as important as spreading kindness into the world around you. Self-kindness activates positive emotions when facing failure, wards off depression, and more closely acquaints us with a sense of inner peace.
- What acts of kindness will you do today?
- Will you choose to be kind in an unkind situation?
- Will you choose to spread the love where it’s lacking?
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Spread kindness to at least one person a day, even if that person is yourself. Imagine the amount of happiness you would dispense in a lifetime.
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