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Kindness is such a simple concept, but yet it is often overlooked despite being so very impactful. Kindness, this one word, has the power to truly make the world a better place by ending any and all pain and suffering. It can end the pain and suffering that comes from war, hunger, human rights violations, and injustice. And not only that, but it also has the power to drastically improve our own well-being as well as those who are closest to us.
So what does it take to be kind? Actually, it takes less effort than you may think. Kindness is not something that demands tremendous amounts of hard work. It stems from the simple act of doing no harm to others. It is harder and takes more effort to harm or hate others than it does to practice kindness.
So, how can being kind change your life? What are some of the benefits of being kinder to others?
Here are 5 benefits of being kinder and how it can create a positive change in your life and in the lives of others.
Being kind makes us happier.
There is scientific research that proves that when you are kind to others, you are rewarded with boosts of dopamine, which is also known as the "feel good" chemical of the brain. When dopamine is produced, we experience a big surge of positive feelings. It's almost like a high and as though there isn't anything in the world that can bring you down. You are happy and nothing can stop you from feeling that way.
Being kind improves our health
When we are kind, we tend to hold onto less stress. As we all know, stress is one of the leading causes of heart disease.
Think about that for a moment. Think about all those times where you have taken aspirin for pain. What would have happened if you would have just practiced kindness? How would your overall health be different - be better - if you would have practiced kindness?
The fact that kindness is more powerful than a medicine is truly remarkable! The research found that those who regularly practice kindness also report lower blood pressure and suffer from depression less frequently. It is, though, important to know that being kind doesn’t mean we aren't going to have our goods days and our bad days. It just means that are good days will be more frequent and our bad days less frequent.
Being kind improves our relationships
Like attracts like. When you are kind to others, you will attract kinder individuals into your life. The relationships you have with others will be stronger, more meaningful, and much more enjoyable. Not only that, but the relationship you have with yourself will be so much better and so much stronger.
Being kind can help us live longer
Being kind is fun
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