It's no secret that when you're kind and compassionate to others it makes you feel good. It brings a smile to your face, and it also brings a smile to the face of those receiving your Be Kind Vibes :) But did you know that being kind can actually make you healthier both physically and mentally?
Here are 5 science-backed benefits of being kind:
1. The Love Drug
Oxytocin. Sound familiar? It's been dubbed "The Love Drug". Oxytocin is that warm fuzzy feeling you get when someone gives you a hug or sends a wonderful compliment your way. When this Love Drug is released it has the ability to lower stress and anxiety levels... which is good.
2. Help Others While Helping Yourself
Studies have shown that acts of kindness are linked to increased feelings of well-being. Which, in turn, can help improve our self-esteem.
3. We're Better Together
Being kind is a great way to build and strengthen social networks. When you're kind to someone, they want to be kind back, and now we're friends :) Building a strong and supportive social network helps to reduce feelings of isolation and depression. It feels good to feel good.
4. Good Thoughts
Kind actions bring positive changes to your brain. Being kind boosts serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters in the brain that give you feelings of satisfaction and well-being, and cause the pleasure/reward centers in your brain to light up. Endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain killer, also can be released.
5. Kindness is Immune(ity)
Remember #1 up top? Where we talk about oxytocin? It's back, with more benefits. Even a small act of kindness can release oxytocin in the body which reduces inflammation, the body's nemesis. Inflammation in the body is related to heaps of different ailments like cancer, chronic pain, obesity, and migraines.
There it is. Even MORE reasons to inspire those Be Kind Vibes each and every day. Need some sustainably made threads to help carry that message with you? Check out our shop :)