We all know that doing good feels good.
Some call it karma.
But beyond giving us the warm fuzzies, kindness also releases positive chemicals in our brains and bodies.
These are also known as “happy hormones” like serotonin and oxytocin, aka the “love hormone” causing what is known as the “helper’s high.”
Did you know?
found that elderly people who volunteered for two or more organizations were 44 percent less likely to die over a five-year period than were non-volunteers.
Here’s what we get when we give:
Physical Health Benefits
- Lowers our blood pressure and stress levels
- Improves our overall heart health
- Fuels our energy
- Decreases harmful chemicals in our bodies
Constantly kind people have 23% less stress hormone and age slower than the average population.
Mental Health Benefits
- Gives us greater happiness and satisfaction
- Increases our self-esteem and optimism
- Lowers our risk for depression
Medical evidence tells us that kindness is teachable because our brains are wired to help others in need.
It’s also contagious. Because kindness improves our mood, we’re more likely to pay it forward. In other words, kindness catches on with a ripple effect that can be felt far beyond what you could imagine.
All small acts of kindness, be it a smile or a compliment, can make a big difference and when multiplied by others it can transform communities, countries.