We all know being kind is an awesome thing to do, but did you know that it also benefits your brain, along with the rest of your body.
No really, it’s backed by science. Being friendly can enhance the immune system, slow down aging, increase self-esteem and lower blood pressure.
It does this by releasing feel-good hormones, like serotonin, and endorphins which help ease anxiety. Kindness has also been known to release the hormone oxytocin, which is good for your heart and reduces inflammation – Win!
And it’s not just your body that gets a boost. When you’re doing kind acts, it has been proven to boost your self-esteem, improve your relationships, and even extend your lifespan. Plus, statistically, it puts you in a better mood too.
Okay okay. You get it. Kindness is good for you. Now you’re probably thinking, “How am I supposed to create all this kindness that will save me from peril?” Well I happen to have some great ideas for you!
If you’re looking to show kindness to the people you already know and love, simple things like giving them genuine compliments, or listening when they talk, go a looooong way. If you want to branch out a bit, try buying a coffee for the person behind you in line, or helping an elderly neighbor bring their trash to the curb. Want to go big? Volunteer for an organization you’re passionate about. Here are some organizations that are always in need of volunteers. P.S. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself. That counts too.
Need a little extra motivation to get started? Every November there’s an official World Kindness Day put on by the World Kindness Movement with the mission “to create a kinder world by inspiring individuals and nations towards greater kindness.”
So go out there and be kind! It’s good for you. It’s good for others. And you might even start an amazing trend.