The Kindness Effect

It’s kinda amazing the effects a little bit of kindness can have on people. Whether you let another driver into your lane, help a friend move house, hold the door open for someone or simply smile at a stranger, when we do something kind, we feel good.

Seems kinda simple, right? But there’s actually more to it than that. In fact, there’s a lot of science behind why a little kindness truly does go a long way.

We’ve gathered some interesting scientific facts and tidbits to show that kindness can make the world a better place. And who doesn’t want to live in a world like that?

Helpers High

On a biochemical level, it’s believed that those good feels we get from acts of kindness is actually due to elevated levels of dopamine in the brain, giving us that natural high. This is often referred to as ‘Helper’s High’. That’s better than chocolate.

Hug it Out

When you hug someone for 20 seconds or more, it triggers a release of neurotransmitter oxytocin. Through the release of this chemical, the brain knows that everything is safe and there is no need to worry. So next time you hug someone, hold on that little bit longer.

From Ear to Ear

Smiling truly is a kinda super power. When we’re happy, our natural response is to smile. But if we flip that around and smile first, our natural response is to be happy. So by simply smiling, you can make yourself, and others feel happy. Not to mention that you burn more calories by smiling than frowning, which is always a bonus.

Natural Painkiller

Engaging in little acts of kindness produces endorphins – the brain’s natural painkiller. Got an ache or pain? Show some kindness. Now that’s kinda cool.

Kindness = Energy

Being kind to others doesn’t just make you feel good, it also makes you feel stronger and more energetic. So if you want to get a feel-good boost of energy, then why not show a little kindness today. It’s a lot cheaper than going to the gym.

The Kindness Muscle

Kinda like weight training, you can actually build up your compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others’ with care and a desire to help. Kinda gives new meaning to the term ‘strength training’.

Turn Back Time

Perpetually kind people have 23% less cortisol (the stress hormone) and age slower than the average population. In fact, people over 55 who volunteer for two or more organisations have a 44% lower likelihood of dying early. Sign me up!

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