Kindness has to do with what is tenderest and most intimate in us. It is an aspect of our nature that we often do not express fully especially men in our culture, but also women because we are afraid that if this vulnerable side comes to light, we might suffer, be offended, ridicule, or exploited. We will find, rather, that we suffer by not expressing it.
Lets look at the benefits of kindness scientifically
- It increases Oxytocin, which is often referred to as the love hormone.
- It increases energy.
- It increases happiness.
- It increases our life span.
- It increases pleasure.
- It increases serotonin which calms you down and makes you happy.
- It decreases pain by releasing endorphins.
- It decreases stress with the decrease of cortisol levels.
- It decreases anxiety.
- It decreases depression with the releases of more serotonin.
- It decreases blood pressure with the increase of oxytocin that releases nitric oxide which dilates the blood vessels
Kindness is a way of making less effort. It is the most economic attitude there is, because it saves us much energy that we might otherwise waste in suspicion, worry, resentment, manipulation, or unnecessary defence. It is an attitude that, by eliminating the inessential, brings us back to the simplicity of being.