Kindness supercharges your life in many ways improving both mental and physical well-being in the process.
Here are some examples of the benefits you can achieve by incorporating mindful kindness practices into your everyday actions:
- Medical Benefits – lowers blood pressure, improves overall heart health, increases life span, decreases pain and increases energy
- Psychological/emotional benefits – reduces anxiety and depression, increases pleasure and /happiness, fosters connection, counters loneliness
Articles and References
Baraz, James, and Shoshana Alexander. “The Helper’s High.” Greater Good, Feb. 2010, http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/the_helpers_high.
Hamilton, David R. “The 5 Side Effects of Kindness.” David R Hamilton PhD, 16 Nov. 2017, http://drdavidhamilton.com/the-5-side-effects-of-kindness/.
Doty, James R. “Why Kindness Heals.” The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 26 Jan. 2017, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-r-doty-md/why-kindness-heals_b_9082134.html.
“7 Days of Intentional Kindness – Kindlab – Medium.” Medium.com, Medium, 17 Apr. 2017, http://medium.com/kindlab/7-days-of-intentional-kindness-9bac913155b4.
Adamu, Zaina. “The Healing Power of Kindness.” CNN, Cable News Network, 13 Feb. 2018, http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/13/health/iyw-healing-power-kindness-trnd/index.html.
DiSalvo, David. “Forget Survival of the Fittest: It Is Kindness That Counts.” Scientific American, http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/kindness-emotions-psychology/.
Keim, Brandon. “Kindness Breeds More Kindness, Study Shows.” Wired, Conde Nast, 4 June 2017, http://www.wired.com/2010/03/kindness-spreads/.
Proctor, Maile. “6 Science-Backed Ways Being Kind Is Good for Your Health.” Quiet Revolution, 21 Mar. 2017, http://www.quietrev.com/6-science-backed-ways-being-kind-is-good-for-your-health/.
Rockwood, Kate. “4 Reasons Being Kind Is Good for Your Health.” Oprah.com, Jan. 2017, http://www.oprah.com/health_wellness/4-reasons-being-kind-is-good-for-your-health.
“The Science of Kindness.” Random Acts of Kindness, https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/the-science-of-kindness.
Kindness Health Facts (pdf of above video)
Cousineau, Tara. The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart & Your World. New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2018.
Hamilton, David. Why Kindness Is Good for You. Hay House UK Ltd, 2010.