4 Benefits to Being an Epitome of Kindness

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If you think that in this world of cut-throat competition, kindness doesn’t stand a chance, you might want to think again. David R. Hamilton, in his book, ‘Why Kindness is Good for You’, compiles numerous research studies that have empirically proven the benefits of being a Mother Teresa at heart. This listicle draws information from his work as well as from other online sources, mostly published studies, to render 5 nutshelled reasons as to why Selena Gomez was right to ‘Kill ’em with Kindness’!

1) Makes you Happier

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When you engage in acts of kindness, or merely think compassionate thoughts, Oxytocin, called the ‘Love Hormone’ is released into your system, which brings chemical changes in your brain that then allow you to see the goodness and light in the worst situation or person you meet; in other words, you begin to see ‘la vie en rose’. This hormone, is also postulated to beat anxiety and depression. Some researchers theorize that kindness leads to the production of endorphins, which results in a phenomenon termed ‘Helper’s High’, equivalent to a mild version of euphoria induced by drugs. When you lend a hand to someone, therefore, your very physiology is restructured to facilitate a more positive outlook of life and the world around you, making you a happier person.

2) Makes you More Attractive

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Expunge the misconception that you need Angelina Jolie’s features or Tom Cruise’s physique to appear attractive! A study published in the British Journal of Psychology provided scientific evidence vouching for the correlation between altruism and the perception of attractiveness, where both men and women claimed to be drawn to people who possessed attributes such as compassion, empathy and kindness, regardless of their looks. Guess kindness is the new brand of ‘sexy’!

3) You Get to Live Longer

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Want to live to see the next century? Try kindness! According to some findings, kindness strengthens your immune system, which happens to be the ‘Chief of Defence’ of your body that keeps illness at bay. Kindness also helps to reduce stress, the persistence of which can adversely impact one’s longevity by shortening the length of the telomeres in the DNA.

4) Strengthens Relationships

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This one’s a no-brainer, but might as well spell it out! Kindness results in reciprocal acts of caring and sharing that fortifies the bond between those involved. It creates mutual trust and friendship that safely anchors the relationship in the most tempestuous of waters. The secret to a stable relationship is no doubt, the selflessness and sacrifice that come with kindness.