Why Choose Kindness
the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
- Did you know that kind people have 2x the amount of DHEA, which slows the aging process, calms you down, and makes you happy.
- Did you know that kind people have 23% less cortisol, the infamous stress hormone.
- And did you know that kind people have the power to change the world!
Source: Random Acts Of Kindness
The science of kindness
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Why Choose Kindness
The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.”
The Love Hormone
Witnessing acts of kindness produces oxytocin, occasionally referred to as the ‘love hormone’ which aids in lowering blood pressure and improving our overall heart-health. Oxytocin also increases our self-esteem and optimism, which is extra helpful when we’re in anxious or shy in a social situation.
A 2010 Harvard Business School survey of happiness in 136 countries found that people who are altruistic—in this case, people who were generous financially, such as with charitable donations—were happiest overall.
“About half of participants in one study reported that they feel stronger and more energetic after helping others; many also reported feeling calmer and less depressed, with increased feelings of self-worth”
“Giving help to others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease.... This is a stronger effect than exercising four times a week or going to church.”
According to research from Emory University, 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.”
Like most medical antidepressants, kindness stimulates the production of serotonin. This feel-good chemical heals your wounds, calms you down, and makes you happy!