Why Do Humans Practice Kindness?
For centuries, scientists have wondered why humans are driven towards kindness. What separates us from other animals? What makes us practice empathy? In a search for answers, scientists were able to come up with a few valid theories...
1. Kindness Reduces Stress
Studies have found that doing kind things for others, even if it’s as simple as holding a door open for a stranger or offering a couple minutes of help to a co-worker, minimizes stressful emotions. So maybe we are practicing kindness to blow off some steam? Seems probable...
2. Kindness MAKES You Happy (Literally)
Research has shown that doing random acts of kindness triggers the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in mood stability and oxytocin, a hormone that makes you feel connected to other people. Observe your emotions the next time you hold the door open for someone. Does it make you feel happy?
3. Kindness Helps Your Immunity?
Research has shown that being kind to others activates a part of the brain that boosts immunity. So the more kind you are, the safer you are from getting sick. Keep this in mind the next time you're thinking of sharing your next treat.
While there are scientific facts to the study of kindness, it's important to remember the value of the action. Being kind can literally be the difference between a good and a bad day for someone.
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