Five benefits of kindness
Updated: Mar 1, 2019
Five Benefits of Kindness
Why Everyday Should Be Random Acts of Kindness Day
Kindness doesn’t just make us feel good about ourselves; there are actual health benefits to committing kind acts. In fact, kindness can generate the same amount of happiness for the giver as it does the receiver – a phenomenon known as “helper’s high.”
Random Acts of Kindness Day was on February 17th, but here at kindpoints we think everyday should be a celebration of kindness. We’ve rounded up five benefits to kindness that will make you want to get out and pay it forward.
1) Being Kind Reduces Stress, Anxiety and Depression
We get it – you’re busy! But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make kindness a part of your daily routine. In fact, perpetually kind people have 23% less cortisol – aka the stress hormone – than the average population, according to The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. And, being kind doesn’t have to take up a lot of time, try buying a stranger a cup of coffee or donating a few dollars to your favorite charity.
Not only does being kind decrease cortisol, it stimulates the production of serotonin, a hormone associated with happiness and wellbeing.
2) Kindness is a Natural Painkiller
Be kind and you’ll reap the benefits of endorphins. These neurotransmitters are our body’s natural painkillers. According to Healthline.com endorphins, “minimize discomfort and pain and maximize pleasure.” They’re responsible for that feel-good vibe you get after a workout as well as that elated feeling you get after committing a kind deed!
3) Kind Acts Lower Blood Pressure
According to Dr. David R. Hamilton, an author and kindness advocate, acts of kindness can release oxytocin – a hormone referred to as the love hormone – which assists in lowering blood pressure and improving heart health. Not to mention, oxytocin can also increase our self-esteem and make us more optimistic; sounds like a win, win!
4) Kinder People Age Slower
We mentioned that people who are regularly kind have 23% less cortisol than the average person, but did you know that increased cortisol also “increases blood pressure and blood sugar levels, hardens arteries, and increases fat storage,” according to Huffpost. These are all things that age the body. Not only is kindness good for your soul, it’s good for your body, too.
5) Kindness: It’s Contagious
When you’re kind not only will you feel good, you’ll inspire other people to be kind as well. According to The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, “the positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to ‘pay it forward.’” So when people say that kindness is contagious they really mean it! Who doesn’t want to spread the joys of kindness?