The Science Of Kindness

If you’ve ever volunteered your time, given a hand-up to someone going through a rough patch, or simply taken the time to compliment a coworker, you may have experienced a kindness high. This high is so powerful, it has similar effects to a mild dose of morphine!

So what’s the science? Research has proven that being kind produces a boatload of endorphins – an au naturale painkiller! Similarly, generosity has long-standing advantages in the realms of both mental and physical health.

“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…”

Christine Carter, Author, “Raising Happiness: In Pursuit of Joyful Kids and Happier Parents”

Kindness also raises serotonin levels, staving off depression and lethargy. In fact, kindness taps into all four chemicals that run the brain!

Let’s get kind!

I briefly worked at a department store during one of my anxious periods, and I was becoming more and more flustered one day in particular. A young gentleman came through my line, and without purchasing anything, handed me a folded note before exiting the store. To this day, I still keep that wrinkled piece of paper.

Kindness is incredibly powerful, and can even turn someone’s bad day into a good one.

Acts of Kindness:

  • That person behind you in the drive-thru? Pay for their food.
  • That neighbor with the screaming toddlers? Buy her a cup of coffee.
  • That coworker who dyed her hair a different color? Compliment her.

Kindness doesn’t have to be big and flashy. It doesn’t have to involve money. Sometimes – as cliche as it sounds – a smile is all it takes to change the world.

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