'Tis the season of giving! What better opportunity than now to begin the practice of everyday kindness towards all of those you come into contact with! When we assess the physical, spiritual, and psychological benefits of kindness, we’ll find that kindness is a huge contributor to our overall health.
Activates the Feel Good Response:
Performing random acts of kindness helps boost your psychologcal high by activating the release of dopamine, the feel-good neurotransmitter in the brain, often referred to as the "the kindness high." This is based on the theory that giving produces endorphins in the brain that mimic a morphine high. Simply being motivated by generosity can benefit you as much as it does those receiving your help!
Activates the Love Response:
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.
Activates the Calm Response:
Like most medical antidepressants, kindness stimulates the production of serotonin. This feel-good chemical heals your wounds, calms you down, and makes you happy! Additionally, not only do you feel calmer but also more energized with inspiration by the act of witnessing a smile dance across another’s face.