Have you ever noticed that when you do something nice for someone else, it makes you feel better too? It’s not just a coincidence — the same part of your brain is activated when you do nice things for others as when you eat delicious food. This phenomenon has been called “selfish altruism” since it helps you as much as it helps others. There are several benefits of being kind.
It’s Good For Your Heart
Kindness can make us around 40% less prone to heart disease, according to this study. This is due to a hormone that is released in our body when we are kind to someone else. This chemical is also good for heart health, so the more times it is triggered, the better it is for our hearts. This can also be caused by watching someone else perform a kind act, so when we’re being kind, we can also others.
It Reduces Stress
Everyone has searched for a way to deal with stress at some point in their lives. One simple technique is to be kind. Kindness results in areas of our brain responsible for stress to calm down. Kindness also reduces our negative reactions to stress, meaning that we will be able to think clearly and stay calm under pressure. We will also be more positive and cheerful.
You’ll Live Longer
Along with helping our hearts, kindness also strengthens our immune system, regulates our blood pressure, and helps us live longer. In general, kindness prevents rapid cellular aging, which leads to a longer lifespan. If our cells remain healthy for a long time, so will we! In fact, kindness can extend our lifespan even if all other parts of our life are unhealthy.
Make A Difference
Doing big things for the world isn’t possible for everyone. After all, most of us don’t have the time or resources to start a huge charity foundation or donate billions of dollars. However, every small act makes a big difference in the world. If we all start being kind, then the world can be a much better place.
It’s never too early or too late to start practicing kindness! As Seneca once said, “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” If we try our best to be kind whenever possible, we can take a step toward changing the world for the good!
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