New Jersey: Acts Of Kindness Can Boost Your Health
Did you know that it’s Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 13-19?
I never knew that this special week of focus existed, but I know that I like it.
Researchers have long suggested that acts of kindness can boost the giver’s emotional well-being hence, the old expression, “it’s better to give than to receive.” Giving feels good. There is a sense of pride and accomplishment in helping someone else.
Now, there’s actual “science” that suggests that giving can also help raise your physical health. The “Random Acts of Kindness Foundation” has a great many ideas to get the process going.
The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the social-emotional well-being of all age groups. The Foundation suggests that you give yourself a more positive outlook in life. Try your best to limit negativity.
A random act of kindness does not have to cost a lot of money or be elaborate. It can be as simple as taking that extra moment to hold the door open for a stranger.
The Journal of Positive Psychology has published that just the memory of hugging a parent or grandparent or randomly buying lunch for someone is as powerful for your well-being as performing an actual act.
Research studies report that performing random acts of kindness triggers the release of neurotransmitters and hormones that actually positively affect your mood and overall well-being. I believe it.
That’s a powerful statement. The studies say that when you practice this positive lifestyle, it produces a chemical reaction that benefits your overall wellness, serving as an anti-inflammatory, pro-immunity, and anti-stress powerhouse.
There is a lot of research being done to determine if kindness and random acts of kindness can elevate your physical health in a meaningful way; such as lowering blood pressure and strengthening the immune system.
Much more needs to be done to learn how the emotional and physical well-being of humans is affected by giving and being kind to others.
Regardless, of whether this becomes empirical evidence or just anecdotal; it just feels good to be kind and generous to others.
Remember to practice this positive life philosophy and not just during “Random Acts of Kindness Week.”
SOURCES: Random Acts of kindness Foundation & The Journal of Positive Psychology.
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