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Benefits of Being Kind

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 Increase

  • 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

  • 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.

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  1. Unfortunately, I think kindness can be snuffed out if we have been badly hurt – and then move into self-protection mode. However, it is part of what makes us human. And, as you say, we benefit ourselves if we are kind. We don’t only enrich the lives of others.

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    • Yes we are all a work in progress anyways, learning everyday, improvising everyday. Kindness has many benefits including increased happiness and a healthy heart. It slows down the aging process and improves relationships and connections, which indirectly boosts your health. People believe kindness is particular to those of religious faith because of their moral vows. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

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    • Yes Francis. More often than not, it is viewed as weakness. Often times, being kind is viewed as a weakness. Whether it is being kind to ourselves, or being kind to those around us. There is a misconception that we have push ourselves harder so that we can get more out of life. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

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    • Ah Edas, we are all on our own journeys, fighting our own thoughts and demons. We just have to not get affected when people are mean because they will be. We often don’t understand where the other person is coming from and honestly we don’t have to because then our energies get affected. All we can do is protect ourselves by not getting affected, not not expecting, by building resilience. Believe me, I am a work in progress in building resilience myself πŸ™‚

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  2. I find there to a strength with kindness. People that exercise kindness tend to be open hearted, and they still deal with peoples crap very well. Yet I have found it can a shelter for someone that secretly inverted. Even so I rather be around kind person than a grumpy one.

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