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7 Reasons why Kindness is the biggest health hack

The Coolness of Kindness

By The Breatharian BloggerPublished 2 years ago 5 min read
7 Reasons why Kindness is the biggest health hack
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Kindness is a major health hack, and one of the most beautiful traits any person can have.

Being kind is one of the best things you can do for your health, as well as this Earth and for the good of all humanity.

But did you know that kindness can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve your overall well-being?

How is this possible, you ask?

Let us discover together.

Dr. Masaru Emoto’s Water Experiments

In 1990, Dr. Masaru Emoto conducted a series of experiments on the effect of words, prayers, music, and environment on the crystalline structure of water.

He observed that when water was exposed to kind and loving words, it formed a complete crystal structure.

This was in contrast to the more negative energies of hate and anger.

It is said that approximately 70% of our body is made up of water.

Realizing this, could you imagine how kindness has a direct impact on your immediate health?

The benefits of kindness are vast, including increased happiness, well-being, and a healthier heart.

Kindness can even slow down the aging process and improve relationships and connections.

All of which can have a tremendous influence on your health. Plus, the positive effects are constantly compounding!

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1. Kindness Increases Oxytocin

Kindness is one of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

According to a recent study, being kind and compassionate can increase levels of oxytocin, also known as the “cuddle hormone.”

Oxytocin is responsible for bonding, social interactions, and trust. It is also known to have calming and stress-reducing effects.

The study found that participants who were randomly assigned to perform acts of kindness had higher levels of oxytocin than those who did not.

The acts of kindness included things like giving compliments, helping someone with a task, or even just lending a listening ear.

So, if you’re looking for a way to increase your oxytocin levels, start being kinder to those around you. It could make a world of difference in your overall health and well-being.

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2. Kindness Increases Self-esteem

When you are kind to others, it not only makes them feel good, but it also increases your own self-esteem.

When you see the positive effects of your kindness, it can help you to feel proud of yourself and feel good about who you are.

Self-esteem accounts for so much in our lives. The image you see when you look in the mirror makes its way into every interaction.

Even a false identity will follow you wherever you go. So, it helps to hone a more wholesome view of yourself.

One that serves you and doesn’t set you back. One of abundance that doesn’t live in lack.

“You can never outperform your own self-image.” ~Maxwell Maltz

When you do something kind it feels good, doesn’t it? Good deeds are often their own reward.

They make us feel happy, vibrant, and pleasantly surprised. They also bring quite a nice shine to the eyes.

Helping others makes you feel needed and appreciated, which in turn boosts your self-confidence.

Seeing the smile on someone's face that you've helped is a gift that keeps on giving.

Kindness is also contagious. So when you show it to someone, they are more likely to show it to others as well, creating a positive feedback loop.

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3. Kindness Increases Serotonin

Kindness can increase serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a chemical that helps regulate mood and feelings of well-being.

When levels of serotonin are low, it can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety.

Research has shown that acts of kindness can dramatically increase the levels of this chemical. Thus, practicing kindness is a simple way to boost this happiness hormone.

The reason Serotonin is sometimes called the "happiness hormone" is because it's associated with positive emotions like pleasure, happiness, and satisfaction.

When you do something kind, it feels good! (Say it 10x in your mind) So next time you're feeling down, try doing something nice for someone else. It just might make you feel better too!

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” ~Booker T. Washington

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4. Kindness Increases Dopamine

When you are kind to others, it increases Dopamine in their brain which makes them feel amazing.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate our emotions, and it is also involved in the reward system in our brain.

When we perform an act of kindness, it releases dopamine in our own brain as well, making us feel spectacular.

This sends another contagious loop. As when we see someone being kind, it can trigger the release of dopamine in our own brain, making us more likely to be kind as well.

Practicing kindness isn’t only for our perspective. But, as a collective, it can help create a more positive and compassionate world.

When you are kind to others, they tend to reciprocate. It’s a beautiful boomerang that always comes back.

Since Dopamine is also associated with positive reinforcement, your brain believes it’s being rewarded.

The more Dopamine you have, the more motivated you are to continue. And, as you guessed, you are less stressed.

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5. Kindness Releases Endorphins

When you are kind to others, it releases Endorphins in your brain that make you feel ecstatic.

Additionally, this has been shown to increase happiness, life satisfaction, and even lengthen your lifespan!

So,not only does being kind make you feel magical in the moment, but it also has long-term benefits for your health and well-being.

Kindness is a virtue that is often underrated. Let's spread some kindness in the world and make it more celebrated.

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6. Kindness Decreases Cortisol

When we are kind to others, it not only improves their mood, but it also reduces our stress hormones, like cortisol.

When we have less cortisol in our system, we are less likely to experience anxiety, depression, and other negative emotions.

Moreover, being kind can also boost your immune system and help you to recover from illness more quickly.

So, if your looking to decrease cortisol levels, being kind is one of the simplest things you can do to keep your cool.

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7. Kindness Decreases Blood Pressure

When you are kind to others, it can reduce your blood pressure. Yes, you heard that right.

When your blood pressure is reduced, you are less likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

By increasing positive emotions and decreasing negative emotions, this has a lowering effect on our blood pressure.

It will also help to reduce rumination and intrusive thoughts, which can further reduce stress and keep you at your best.

Don’t believe me? Try putting it to the test!

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Ask yourself: what kind act could you do for someone today? And when was a moment someone took the time to be kind to you?

Let me know in the comments below.

Much love


About the Creator

The Breatharian Blogger

Here to inspire you on your journey. ✊🏾

Connect with me on IG @jromeshaw

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