The wash over feeling that you experience when you do something kind to others is not in your head. Scientists have attached it to your brain chemicals. #KindnessIsFree #BeKind
Kindness has been proven to release feel good hormones that improve your mood and overall well-being.
They say that you should treat others how you want to be treated. While it may be an old saying, scientists have discovered real-life benefits linked with how we treat others.
To begin with, experts have found that children are wired to be naturally kind. The same experts have also found that we can develop this if we practice enough.
Below are three science-backed ways of how kindness improves your health;
Kindness stimulates the release of feel-good hormones
When you do something nice to someone, it boosts your serotonin. This is the neurotransmitter responsible for that feel-good feeling and satisfaction. Just like exercise stimulates the release of endorphins in a phenomenon known as helper’s high
It eases anxiety
Anxiety, both mild and severe, is a common human experience.
Now, while there are several ways of reducing anxiety, such as medication, exercise, and natural remedies, it turns out that being nice is the easiest and cheapest. And there are studies to back it up.
Researchers from the University of British Columbia found that social anxiety is associated with a low positive affect (PA) and that kind acts increase PA.
It’s good for your heart
Scientists have also confirmed that kind people have big hearts. Not literally. But have found that kindness strengthens the heart emotionally and physically.
Kindness boosts the release of oxytocin, a hormone that promotes the release of nitric oxide in blood vessels. This is the same chemical that expands blood vessels to reduce blood pressure.
Now you know the secret to a happy life. All you need to do is put kindness on repeat to reap its full benefits.