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