The Science of Kindness
The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” One act of kindness performed in a crowded area can create a domino effect of positivity and improve the day for many people.
Kindness produces oxytocin, occasionally referred to as the “love hormone,” which aids in lowering blood pressure and improving our overall heart-health. Oxytocin also increases our self-esteem and optimism.
One study reported that many people feel stronger and more energetic after helping others; many also reported feeling “calmer and less depressed, with increased feelings of self-worth”
According to research from Emory University, when you are kind to another person, your brain’s pleasure and reward centers light up, as if you were the recipient of the good deed – not the giver. This phenomenon is called the “helper’s high.”
Kindness stimulates the production of serotonin. This feel-good chemical heals your wounds, calms you down, and makes you happy!