For the past month, kindness has been our topic. We all agree kindness is good, but did you know kindness is actually good for your health and overall well-being? Many studies have shown that kindness is not only a good character trait but it is good for your health. It benefits your brain, your body, and your emotions in many ways. It is a foundation for a meaningful life and isn’t that what we all want?
Here are 6 Health Benefits Kindness Brings:
- Kindness makes us joyful. When we perform random acts of kindness, we activate areas of pleasure, social connection, and trust in our brains.
- Kindness creates a positive loop in our brain. Kindness triggers feelings of happiness and happiness makes you kinder. When you are happy, you are more likely to feel giving and kind towards others.
- Kindness creates social connections and bonding. As created beings, we’re created to be in fellowship with God and others. Being part of a church enhances our physical performance and boosts mental clarity. Being kind allows us to be a useful part of a group.
- Kindness helps with the healing process. When healthcare is delivered with kindness it can hasten the healing process, thereby shortening hospital stays. Kinder care leads to a range of outcomes including reduced pain, lowered blood pressure, and less anxiety for the patient and caregivers.
- Kindness can decrease or help prevent diseases. Kindness lowers our stress and anxiety levels and decreases pain because of the endorphins and feel-good hormones released in our brain at the time of the act.
6. Positive emotions from kindness boost your vagus nerve which regulates blood sugar. This helps the body prevent diabetes, strokes, and heart disease.
How about that? The Bible is true, after all. No matter how inconsequential an act of kindness might be, it is good for you. Without kindness, life would be lonely, filled with anger and desolation, disease, and stress. Yet, when kindness is both given and received with no expectations in return, our lives are calmer; more fulfilling, and happier and we build meaningful connections with others.
We all remember past kindnesses done to us by others because kindness is seldom forgotten. Why not show some kindness to someone today?
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