5 Science-Based Benefits of Kindness

You already know that being kind is a good thing. Probably your mom told you to be nice, to be kind and treat others as you would have them treat you. It’s the right thing to do. But did you know that there is an increasing amount of research that shows that kindness is not just good for other people, it’s good for you too! Here are five benefits of kindness, all backed by science. 

  • Kindness boosts your feel-good hormones

You’ve probably noticed that if you do something nice for someone, it makes you feel good too.  That’s because doing acts of kindness boosts the levels of serotonin in your brain—the neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy and satisfied. Kindness also raises your levels of endorphins—those same hormones that are responsible for the runner’s high will also give you a ‘helper’s high.’ 

  • Kindness reduces anxiety

Studies have shown that anxiety levels ease, not just when someone treats you kindly. It also works when you do something to help others. Researchers at the University of British Columbia found that study participants who consciously acted kindly had a significant increase in positive affect (positive feelings like joy, interest, alertness and general happiness and life satisfaction). 

  • Kindness is good for your heart health

Being kind doesn’t just have a positive effect on your emotions; it actually has a physical effect too. Kindness boosts your levels of oxytocin, another feel-good hormone that releases nitric oxide into your blood vessels and lowers your blood pressure. The result is a happier, healthier heart. 

  • Kindness can help you live longer

This may be even more surprising than the benefits to your health, but it seems that being kind does, in fact, have a positive effect on your longevity. Studies have shown that people with a strong network of family and friends have a reduced risk of heart disease. When you’re kind to other people, you’re much more likely to have meaningful positive relationships and strong social networks. 

  • Kindness reduces stress

Most people nowadays live pretty stressful lives. You’re probably juggling working, studying, raising a family and trying to live your best life 24/7, and fit in time to get to the gym! Modern stress levels are off the scale. But pro-social behavior like acts of kindness can help buffer you against that stress and make it easier to cope. 

Kindness strengthens your social connections and gives you a happy hormone boost. So, start practicing kindness and look forward to a happier, longer life!  

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