The Surprising Health Benefits Of Being Kind
As the Bible verse goes: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” And while you should do nice things for people because the Bible says so, you should also try to because recent studies show that there are benefits that exceed just being a good person (although everyone should want to be a more positive person).
It turns out that being kind to other people is actually good for your health. Men and women who go out of their way to be kind and nice to people (even when they don’t have to be) live longer and happier lives.
So the next time someone throws some shade your way, throw a little kindness back in return. You will win in the long run by incorporating a little more positivity into your life.
It’s a Long-Term Investment
People who help others are more likely to bounce back and even thrive after a tragic life event.
It Makes Your Heart Healthier
People with more friends have lower blood pressure. In fact, investing time in being kind to friends and family can be as good for your health as exercising.
It Brightens Your Day
Those who smile and say “Hi” to the people they encounter during their day — like the barista at Starbucks — end up in a better mood that can last most of the day.
It’s Good Medicine for Anxiety
Making it a point to do little acts of kindness each day — hold a door open, volunteering, treating a friend to lunch — can do a lot to reduce your anxiety.
It Makes You Happier
Just one act of kindness a week can maximize your happiness when it comes to romance, work, and the state of your life in general.
Kindness Is Like Falling in Love
Oxytocin — the chemical our brains release when we’re in love — goes into overdrive when you do random acts of kindness. The feeling gives you the sense of happiness you have when you’re in the honeymoon phase of a relationship. It’s even good for your heart.
It Helps Kids Reach Their Potential
Kids who are taught to be kind and give back early in life are healthier, live longer, and are more likely to achieve their goals than children who don’t.
People Find You More Attractive
When it comes to looks, one study found that some men were most attracted to women whose faces looked “honest,” “kind,” and “decent.”
It Makes You Healthier
It Makes Scrolling Better
Scrolling through your social media can have a negative effect on your self-esteem — unless you spend some of that time complimenting friends. Go out of your way to think or say something nice and the time you spend scrolling can make your day brighter.
It Makes You Immune to Drama
After you do something kind for someone or demonstrate your love for them, you’re rewarded with stress blockers. Any drama that comes your way afterward will be much less likely to affect your day.
You Sleep Better
If a racing mind keeps you up at night, try a few acts of kindness a day. You will go to bed more relaxed and have an easier time getting to sleep (and probably have better dreams too).
Pain Doesn’t Bother You as Much
The next time cramps cramp your style, try doing something nice while you wait for the Midol to kick in instead of letting PMS ruin your mood. Even something as simple as calling your grandmother or checking in on a neighbor can make you feel a lot better.
It Pays to Be Kind to Yourself, Too
Women who speak up about their feelings — especially in relationships — are four times more likely to live long and healthier lives when compared to women who hold in their feelings of unhappiness.