It is safe to say that most of us can identify a moment in our lives when a good deed has uplifted our spirits. Whether you were the giver or recipient of this random act of kindness, this action undoubtedly gave you a well needed confidence boost or made your chest swell with that warm, tingling feeling of true happiness. Yet, many studies have shown that a good deed possess much more than you could imagine. In fact an act of kindness has the ability to not only uplift our moods and strengthen our social bonds, they also have the power to boost our immune system, improve our wellbeing and even help change the world two people at a time.
A Good Deed A Day Keeps The Doctor Away
Most of us are familiar with that feeling we get every time we do something selfless. Whether it is something as brave as donating at your local blood drive, or something as simple as giving up your seat on the bus for someone swamped with bags; these acts of kindness can have many health benefits. A good deed, not only boosts our overall immune system , it also encourages the body to produce oxytocin. This chemical protects the heart, lowers blood pressure and reduces inflammation. Resulting in those who embrace kindness as part of their daily lives, living a much longer, healthier and happier life.Kindness is more important than attractiveness, humour and intelligence for both men and women. Click To Tweet
A study conducted by The University of Michigan on more than 10,000 men and women from across the globe, revealed that kindness is the quality we look for most in a romantic partner. This is due to the natural link kindness has with both stronger relationship bonds and an individual’s more happiness.
Improves Mental Wellbeing
Our dislike for some people is a natural and unavoidable part of life. Whether that person be an acquaintance you rarely see or a colleague you work with on a daily basis, when confronted with this person the stress hormone cortisol courses through our body. Circumstances like this narrow our minds and encourages a state of self-focus, these qualities are directly to stress, anxiety and depression. Fight back these inner demons and open your mind by complimenting or even helping that person, the difficulties of the challenge will result in twice the reward.
Kindness is Contagious
Your ability to help change and improve the world is much more achievable than you might have originally thought. Studies have shown that one simple act of selflessness, kindness or compassion can be the beginning of a long line of good deeds. In fact an act of kindness could be considered contagious, spreading to at least two other individuals. So every day try to do at least one good deed and help spread just a bit more happiness in the world.
What do you do to show kindness to others?