How being kind can improve your health and wealth
Did you know performing acts of kindness can improve both your physical and mental health as well as your financial well-being? It’s true! Research studies have found a link between kindness, happiness and wealth. In honor of National Random Acts of Kindness week, here are 3 ways kindness can improve your life!
Kindness lowers anxiety and stress:
Acts of kindness stimulates the production of serotonin in your body. Serotonin is a chemical that helps to heal, calm and regulate your mood. Low levels of serotonin can be linked to depression and high anxiety. In a study conducted by the University of British Columbia, individuals with high anxiety who did 6 acts of kindness a week, saw a significant increase in positive moods and relationship satisfaction.
Kindness lowers blood pressure and reduces pain:
Kindness isn’t just great for your mental health! Studies have shown that acts of kindness is also good for your physical health! Acts of kindness releases oxytocin and produces endorphins. Dr. David R. Hamilton shares that Oxytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide, which dilates the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure. In addition, endorphins are your body’s national pain killers. Kindness truly is good for your heart!
Kindness is linked to higher wealth and prosperity:
Studies have shown that altruistic (thinking of others before yourself) people are not only more satisfied with life, but have the tendency to earn more money. This could be linked to a number of factors including the fact that kindness gains favor and those individuals see more job advancement. Many also hold to the faith-based view that those who give much also receive much.
In summary: Being kind… make YOU happy!
References: AIFC: Australian Institute for Family Counselling; Randomactsofkindness.org; medicalnewstoday.com