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Kindness is Contagious

and Good for Your Health

Being kind is as easy as paying someone a compliment, and small acts of kindness can lead to a ripple effect – spreading smiles and making a positive impact throughout our community.

Studies show that putting the well-being of others before our own without expecting anything in return stimulates the reward centers of the brain, floods our system with feel-good chemicals and produces a phenomenon called “helper’s high.”

The benefits are not limited to the good-deed doer. Recipients and those who observe kind acts all experience similar changes in the brain’s pleasure center, including:

  • increase in energy, optimism, calmness and happiness
  • decrease in stress, anxiety, depression and blood pressure

There is also a host of long-term health benefits. Check out The Art of Kindness for more on positive self talk and gratitude and 3 simple practices to help you get started to help you dive right in.

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” — Dalai Lama