WHY KINDNESS MATTERS
Did you know that acts of kindness produce scientifically measurable outcomes and impacts? For you personally, acts of kindness will produce oxytocin, which is sometimes referred to as the “love hormone” in the human body. So, you'll feel good when you practice kindness. But more importantly, one act of kindness towards one human being changes the world. And, when one person stops to do something kind for another, those who witnessed the act are inspired to do the same.
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It releases an energy. We feel better and the recipients of our acts feel better.
It can release neurochemicals that result in a sense of well-being--the “helper’s high."
It can reduce pain. Dopamine, serotonin, and endogenous opioids are released by kind behavior.
It enhances the release of oxytocin in interactions where two or more people are engaged in kindness behavior. In turn, bonds between those who are kind to one another are strengthened.
It enhances both physical and mental health. Many physical ailments are either precipitated by or aggravated by stress. Kindness reduces stress.
Source: Psychology Today