Regardless of how ridiculous it may sound to some skeptics, kindness is a very powerful thing. Not only does it enrich one’s spiritual life but it can also have an effect on one’s physiological health.
Effects of kindness on the psychological health
It is commonly known that no matter how selfless certain deeds can be, they are inevitably followed by pleasurable, fulfilling feelings. However, altruism can be so much more than that to a person and it has the potential to preserve them from many possible mental disorders, including depression or similar conditions which can affect anyone at some points in their lives. This happens because kindness can influence a person’s point of view to change and become more positive and optimistic as well as increase general feelings of welfare and happiness.
Not only can it help a person feel somewhat moderately happier but it can also cause them to feel completely elated and in enchantingly high spirits. Besides happiness, everyone aims for the peace, calmness and relaxation but it is important to realize that life will never be devoid of problems and stress, and they are to be searched in spite of these problems. Kindness is proven to achieve these feelings, as well as a special connection to people in general, leaving very little room for any kind of feelings of depression, loneliness or vulnerability.
Effects of kindness on the physical health
If such abundant effects of kindness on the psychological health may sound too good to be true, than the effect kindness can have on the physical health could sound even more unbelievable. But the doubts should be left aside, as the studies have, in fact, proven the highly rewarding benefits of this attitude. Not only does kindness prolong the life span in general but it affects individual health issues as well. This kind of humane approach to life helps regulate high blood pressure, keep the headaches away, improve circulation and ease back pain. It even deals with somewhat more serious diseases such as lupus, arthritis and coronary heart disease, to name a few. Acts of kindness produce endorphins, and endorphins create a sort of resilience to many different kinds of pain. Aside from driving away these concrete issues it improves general body functions and the immune system as well.
All in all, it does not require much effort to be a little kinder towards others but it provides so much for both the giver as well as the receivers. Kindness really does not seem to have a downside.