One recent study proved there are very real health benefits to a certain kind of thoughtfulness. According to Today, it focused on the Tibetan Buddhist "Loving Kindness Meditation" – and its findings showed that emotions like compassion, love and kindness actually decrease in inflammation the the vagus nerve, which regulates the heart and controls inflammation levels.
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Considering the health benefits, why not start exercising those qualities? And, what better way to show your compassion and care to those around than showing and voicing it?
When we compliment strangers and loved ones on their positive and appreciated qualities, it causes both individuals it’s beneficial both physically and emotionally for both parties. Dr. David R. Hamilton, Ph.D., and author, I HEART ME: The Science of Self-Love and How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body, explains in a Huffington Post piece, that when we do something kind for others, there’s biochemical reasons to why we feel a pleasant response. “On a biochemical level, it is believed that the good feeling we get [when being kind to others] is due to elevated levels of the brain’s natural versions of morphine and heroin, which we know as endogenous opioids. They cause elevated levels of dopamine in the brain, so we get a natural high, often referred to as “Helper’s High.”
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There are heart-health associated to acts of kindness as well. Hamilton explains in the same piece, “Oxytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide in blood vessels, which dilates (expands) the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure, and therefore oxytocin is known as a “cardioprotective” hormone because it protects the heart (by lowering blood pressure). The key is that acts kindness can produce oxytocin, and therefore kindness can be said to be cardioprotective.”
So, want to help protect your heart, improve your relationships with others, and make yourself feel amazing at the same time? Compliment someone today, and make both of your lives a little better. Who knows? It may be a pivotal moment for someone facing one of life’s most daunting obstacles, like those we profile in our hit new show Conquered.
How do you commonly express your kindness? We love to hear from you! Share with us in the comment section below!