Can Performing Random Acts of Kindness Make You Healthier?

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When people are in a funk, usually they look to diets and exercise to get them feeling good again.  But what if you could improve your mood, just by spreading a little more joy to others, an in doing so, yourself.

According to a new study, putting the well-being of others first, without expecting anything in return, stimulates the reward centers of the brain.  And this leads to what they call a “helper’s high.” 

If you need more convincing, a new study found that being generous can actually work as a pain reliever.  Regions of the brain that react to painful stimulation appear to be instantly deactivated by the experience of giving. 

Here are some kindness suggestions to help you be happier and healthier!

 

1.  Volunteer.  Find a cause that’s important to you, and give them your time.  Studies show that volunteering has been shown to minimize stress and improve depression.

 

2.  Donate.  If you have anything left over in your house that you aren’t using, find a way to donate it to help someone else in need.  Donating to others has been shown to reduce blood pressure and can even improve your heart health.

 

3.  Compliment others. Give a genuine compliment to someone you care about.  Researchers have found that being kind could boost happiness in as little as three days.

 

4.  Overtip. Your delivery person is a brave soul risking COVID to bring you food. The gesture would be appreciated.