3 Things That Happen When You Are Kind
Did you know that there was a science to kindness? Little did you know that helping your neighbors carry the groceries inside was doing something to your brain. The next time you give up your seat to someone on the train, think about how your selflessness is making you a better person. Here are 3 Things That Happen When You Are Kind.
1. Kindness makes us happier.
You ever just feel good after doing something kind for someone? When we do something kind for someone else, we feel good.
On a biochemical level, it is believed that the good feeling we get is due to elevated levels of the brain’s natural versions of morphine and heroin, which we know as endogenous opioids. They cause elevated levels of dopamine in the brain, so we get a natural high, often referred to as “Helper’s High.”
2. Kindness gives us healthier hearts.
Did you know that giving someone a helping hand was actually good for your heart? We feel emotional warmth whenever we do something good for someone. Emotional warmth produces the hormone oxytocin in the brain and body. Of much recent interest is its significant role in the cardiovascular system.
Oxytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide in blood vessels, which dilates (expands) the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure, and therefore oxytocin is known as a “cardio-protective” hormone because it protects the heart (by lowering blood pressure). The key is that acts kindness can produce oxytocin, and therefore kindness can be said to be cardio-protective.
3. Kindness slows aging.
But research now shows that oxytocin (which we produce through emotional warmth) reduces levels of free radicals and inflammation in the cardiovascular system and thus slows aging at its source. Incidentally these two culprits also play a major role in heart disease, so this is also another reason why kindness is good for the heart.
The next time you are kind, keep in mind that you are doing amazing things for both your mind and body. Don’t know where to get started? We have an app for kindness called GoodKarms. GoodKarms is a network of positive, generous users who want to help each other selflessly. Rather than completing tasks for money, users complete tasks for GoodKarms and a more enriching lifestyle.