WASHBURN COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH TASK FORCE
What is kindness to you? Do you think it can change the world? Do you believe that people actually study the scientific effects of kindness? Is kindness cool? It may be hard to believe that holding a door open for someone has life-long physiological advantages, but it does! However, it’s not a one-and-done scenario. Repeated acts of kindness release repeated doses of feel-good chemicals that attribute to heart health, reduction of stress, anxiety, depression, and blood pressure.
Kindness is popularly what we do for others, which is important, but kindness can be done to ourselves as well. Whether putting away someone’s shopping cart for them (pre-COVID) or just cancelling plans to let yourself rest are equally important in taking care of our health short term and long term. Kind acts, personal and external, release serotonin and dopamine which create a sense of well-being, satisfaction, and encourage your pleasure and reward center to light up.
Along with the serotonin and dopamine, endorphins are released that help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, moderate blood pressure, and even mitigate pain. While increasing pleasure, calmness, happiness, lifespan, optimism, heart health, and energy!