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Acts of kindness help the world, experts say
April 29, 2024

By Davenport Healthy Press reporters | Want to have a good day? Practice small acts of kindness. They go a long way to reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, according to research from the Greater Good Science Center at University of California,Berkeley.

“The world is a difficult place because people don’t often like each other so they hurt each other,” said Dr. Dan Gottleib, a psychologist quoted in Healthy NewsWorks’ book Leading Healthy Change in Our Communities 2015. “There are wars. If everybody was more kind, the world would be a better place.”

If someone is mean, Dr. Gottleib says, you should walk away and make sure that someone else knows that you are being hurt.

A random acts of kindness can be as simple as helping a neighbor, opening the door for someone, or even just smiling at someone, according to the website randomactsofkindness.org.

Acts of kindness also are good for your body physically. When you do an act of kindness, your body fills with hormones and so does the body of the person you were kind to, according to the Greater Good Science Center. It makes your body calmer, healthier, and happier.

One hormone is called serotonin. It helps your body heal cuts and scrapes, relax, and be calm. Another is endorphins, which lower pain. Doing acts of kindness also releases oxytocin, which makes you feel more loved and loving.

Being kind can also help you live longer, says researcher Christine Carter in her book Raising Happiness: In Pursuit of Joyful Kids and Happier Parents.

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