4 Reasons Kindness Makes You a Better and Happier Person
February 9, 2017 Liz Palisin Featured Nonprofits 0 Comment
Want to be happier, better looking, form lasting relationships and live longer? Who doesn’t! Well, turns out that the fountain of youth and happiness lies in a free and plentiful source: kindness.
We’re not talking about being helpful 24/7 and giving all your money to charities or nonprofits. Simple acts of kindness like giving someone you care about words of encouragement or just a simple smile can do wonderings for not only you but those around you as well. You never know what small act might make someone’s day. Check out these 5 reasons why incorporating a few acts of kindness can change your life and your future:
1) Kindness Changes Your Brain
Studies have demonstrated that the psychological benefits of kindness are actually reflected in the neural circuitry of the brain. This means that when you show kindness to others the pathways in your brain increase the natural flow of feel-good endorphins and mood elevating neurotransmitters.
Researchers at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has proven with a study that adults can be trained to be more compassionate. Basically, as we see countless acts of kindness, the wave of good action repeats itself as others observe the act and want to join in as well. Scientifically, their brain centers are reacting to the good deed. It starts with one small act and turns into a huge wave. Being nice just feels good!
2) Kindness Strengthens Your Relationships
It goes without saying that it is nicer to be around a person who is agreeable and helpful than some who is rude. This is especially important in close personal relationships. We all want to be heard and understood.
Tracing back to our evolutionary ancestors had to learn to cooperate with one another in order to survive. If there are emotional bonds within groups, the chance of group survival increases, so “kindness genes” were etched into the human genome. Therefore, if you want to create a stable, healthy, loving relationship, exercise kindness often.
3) Kindness Helps You Live Long and Prosper
A lifetime of happiness is deeply intertwined with meaningful social connections and a sense of belonging. This can help us to feel needed as we grow older and continue positive relationships which help to build our health and immune systems.
If that wasn’t good enough, let me introduce you to oxytocin. This hormone reduces levels of free radicals and inflammation in the cardiovascular system and thus slows aging at its source. Take that free radicals!
4) Kindness Makes You Happy
Medical science has proven that being kind alters your body chemistry, improving your mood, lowering your blood pressure and increasing your positive thinking. Kindness also boosts serotonin, a natural antidepressant in your brain, in the giver, the receiver and those who witness it.
Overall, kindness is a lifelong habit that can transform our lives from ordinary to something really special. Kindness helps us live creatively while helping other in the process.
If you want to see all of these benefits in your life you can start with this 21-day kindness challenge to kickstart your positivity and generosity. To find out how you can take your kindness and charity and turn it into a full-time business or nonprofit check out this link!