Here’s why: Spreading kindness not only helps others feel better about themselves — it can also boost the giver’s health and happiness, according to research. It’s a win-win for all.
Lower blood pressure
They found that those who spent money on others had lower blood pressure at the end of the six-week study. In fact, the benefits were as large as those from healthy diet and exercise.
How could this happen? The study found that regions of the brain that react to painful stimulation appear to be instantly deactivated by the experience of giving.
And here’s the good news: it seems acts of kindness can be anonymous or visible, spontaneous or planned, and can be as simple as giving a compliment or opening a door for someone.
OK, you’re convinced and want to jump right into being a kinder and more helpful person. There are literally hundreds of ideas on the internet, but here are a few to get you started:
- While driving, make room for the car who wants to enter your lane.
- Let the person in line behind you at the supermarket go first.
- Give a genuine compliment to someone in the elevator with you.
- Do the same for your boss — they probably never get compliments!
- Let go of a grudge and tell that person you forgive them.
- Be there for a friend having a tough time. Don’t try to fix it; just listen.
- Leave your mail carrier a thank you note.
“You’re making the world a better place,” they say. But don’t forget — any kindness you give to others is also a gift to yourself.
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