KINDNESS & STRESS - FEBRUARY 20, 2024

How Acts Of Kindness
Can Beat Your Stress

KINDNESS & STRESS - FEBRUARY 20, 2024

How Acts Of Kindness Can Beat Your Stress

The warm feeling of wellbeing that washes over you when you've done something kind isn't just in your head.

New research has found that performing acts of kindness may help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Acts of kindness showed benefits to reduce symptoms, lessen distress and improve life satisfaction.

Research has also found that kindness can increase happiness and self-esteem, while decreasing stress and emotional reactivity. Researchers found that while a giver looked at the value of the item or action, the receiver saw greater value in the warmth of the gesture and the positive social interaction. Another feature of acts of kindness, supported by research, is that it can be contagious. People who received acts of kindness were more likely to be more generous themselves.

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oxytocin, the love hormone

Oxytocin plays a role in forming social bonds and trusting other people and is naturally occurring. It’s produced by the hypothalamus and secreted by the nearby pituitary gland. Oxytocin is a powerful neurotransmitter shown to increase trust, empathy, and positive associations and memories.

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dopamine, the helper’s high

Studies have also linked random acts of kindness to releasing dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain that can give us a feeling of euphoria.   Dopamine is a neurotransmitter made in the brain. Basically, it acts as a chemical messenger between neurons and is released when your brain is experiencing a reward. A flood of dopamine can make you feel euphoric.

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serotonin, the mood booster

In addition to boosting oxytocin and dopamine, being kind can also increase serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood. Serotonin is a chemical that nerve cells produce, and is made from the essential amino acid tryptophan. And the ingredients in our Sads Smashing soak help boost its creation and absorption.  Serotonin in the brain is believed to regulate feelings including happiness and anxiety.

But not all kindness is the same. Certain types of kindness are better at crushing our stress. A meta-analysis of 201 independent studies, comprising 198,213 total participants, was performed that looked at the connection between prosocial behavior and well-being. It found that random acts of kindness, such as spontaneously helping a stranger, were more strongly associated with overall well-being than scheduled volunteering for a charity.

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