A Kind Heart is a Healthy Heart
A look at the amazing health benefits of kindness.
Looking for a health boost? We’re prescribing you a daily dose of KINDNESS!
Okay, so we’re not doctors, but we truly believe that a little kindness can go a long way for your health. We’re not alone; there are lots of studies examining the effects of a positive attitude.
Here are some things we found:
Doing nice things for others can boost your serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that can positively affect your mood, social behavior, appetite, digestion, sleep, memory, and more. It’s even believed that people witnessing the kind act can have a similar boost, as well (it’s contagious!).
Kindness can ease anxiety. A study from the University of British Columbia found that social anxiety is associated with low positive affect (PA), and individuals who participated in “kind acts” during the study displayed significant increases in PA, showing an increase in relationship satisfaction and a decrease in social avoidance.
A kind heart is a healthy heart. Kindness can increase oxytocin, which supports cardiovascular health. It’s believed to increase nitric oxide which dilates our blood vessels and reduces blood pressure. Other studied effects of oxytocin include the reduction of free radicals and inflammation, making it an important role in preventing heart disease.
As you can see, a dose of kindness is important for you and those around you!
Join Northeast Credit Union from February 12 – 16th for Random Acts of Kindness Week, where we’ll be out in our communities spreading kindness all around. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Acknowledge someone for their hard work and good efforts
- Thank a teacher for their commitment to your student
- Send a care package to someone to brighten their day
- Shovel a neighbor’s driveway
- Send treats to a local fire or police station
- Buy coffee for a friend
Find us on social media and share your ideas with us!