Today is November 13th!
November 13th happens to be a pretty extraordinary day.
Why, you ask?
It’s World Kindness Day!
DID YOU KNOW?
There are psychological benefits from being kind?
It’s true! Research has shown that those who perform acts of charity, altruism, and benevolence often feel an increase in happiness and life & job satisfaction. It was even found to decrease levels of depression.
Kindness is contagious?
According to research from Emory University a phenomenon called “the helper’s high” is when the positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of the giver, the receiver and even those who witnessed the act. It produces oxytocin, lighting up your brains pleasure and rewards center. This mood boost makes it significantly more likely they will “pay it forward.”
Kindness is good for your physical health?
It’s good for the heart! – literally – When oxytocin is released it also causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide, which dilates the blood vessels, therefore reducing blood pressure.
It takes the edge off! – Engaging in acts of kindness produces endorphins, which is the body’s natural painkiller!
Longer Life! – People 55 and older who volunteer have 44% lower likelihood of dying early! It’s also been shown that perpetually kind people have 23% less cortisol (the stress hormone) causing them to age slower than the average population!
As you can see, being kind is not only cool, but it’s good for you!
So, how are you going to celebrate world kindness day?
If you need some ideas – check out the list of random acts of kindness I’ve included below. If you decide to share any of your experiences on social media, include the hastag #thegiftofkindness so others can see and be inspired by it!