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5 Powerful Ways Kindness Makes You Happier and Healthier!

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It’s fair to say that most of us have been taught that kindness is a virtue. In the karmic sense, kindness certainly has been thought of as a means to attract positive energy.

But is there any scientific evidence to suggest that the act of being kind towards others can make you happier and healthier?

It turns out the answer is yes!

What is Kindness?

In plain speak kindness is the warmhearted approach to showing love or affection to another without expectation for something in return. Subsets of kindness include sympathy and empathy, infused with an empathic sense to alleviate a person’s emotional pain.

So how does kindness make you happier and healthier? What’s the deal? Check out these 5 ways.

1) Kindness helps ameliorate depression

In ways we may not fully understand, kindness towards and ourselves reduces feelings of depression. For those who suffer from chronic sadness, PTSD and anxiety, research suggests that a sizeable change for the positive can occur for those who mindfully go about the business of imparting kind intentions.

2) Kindness creates greater intimacy

Intimacy is an issue that many couples struggle with. One way to enhance intimacy is to engage in kindness. By being kind to others in a mindful way, we increase our ability to tune into love. Over time, this can help us with our romantic relationships by keeping the romantic flame alive, even for those who are in long term relationships.

3) Kindness helps reduce pain and increase energy

People who adopt the kindness mindset have been found to have less pain, more energy and increased life expectancy, according to some research studies. Many of these benefits are thought to be grounded in the psychology and biology of well-being.

4) Kindness reduces commitment issues

In order to be open to a loving relationship with another, elements of trust must be present. Trust is empowered through being kind to ourselves and by being vulnerable. If you have a history of relationship commitment issues, a good starting point is to try and be kind to yourself first. Learn all you can about the benefits of self-compassion and how its healing powers can paradoxically attract love.

5) Kindness creates happiness

Time and again, kindness has been shown to increase happiness. Some research studies suggest that by intentionally engaging in kindness, you help to boost motivation levels, increase feelings of personal accomplishment and lift overall perceptions of life quality.

Final Thoughts

Engaging in kindness doesn’t have to be complicated. It starts with having compassion for ourselves and embracing all of who we are. When we do this, we are able to more fully experience true happiness as part of our life journey.

If you are looking for more information on how living a kindful life can benefit you, I encourage you to pick up a copy of the book, The Power of Kindness by Piero Ferrucci. Inside, you will find lots of insightful material on how you can incorporate elements of kindfullness into your daily life.

PS Being kind to animals counts too – don’t forget to love on them!

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5 Powerful Ways Kindness Makes You Happier and Healthier!


John D. Moore, PhD

Described as folksy and down to earth, Dr. John Moore infuses current events and pop culture into his posts as a way of communicating wider points on issues related to wellness and goal attainment. His work has been featured in nationally syndicated media, including Cosmo, Men's Fitness and CBS Market Watch. He is a consultant to a number of Fortune 500 companies and institutions of Higher Learning. Dr. Moore is author of Confusing Love with Obsessionand Editor in Chief at: Guy Counseling.


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Moore, J. (2015). 5 Powerful Ways Kindness Makes You Happier and Healthier!. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 16, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/life-goals/2015/07/5-powerful-ways-kindness-makes-you-happier-and-healthier/

 

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