Kindness as a New Year’s Resolution
While we often make resolutions for the new year to lose weight or exercise more, those are focused on yourself. How about a resolution that benefits others, as well as yourself? Adopting a kind outlook to people can do both. First, let’s be sure we understand kindness. The definition of kindness is the quality or act of showing concern, generosity, or consideration for others without expecting praise or reward. Being kind takes more effort than just being nice, which is defined as a pleasant and agreeable nature. Additionally, being kind can actually be beneficial to you physically, not just spiritually. The following are three ways kindness can boost your health:
Kindness is heart healthy
Even the smallest act of kindness releases oxytocin, the “good feeling” hormone in the brain. It’s release expands blood vessels, that in turn expands blood vessels and reduces blood pressure.
Kindness release positive chemicals
Being kind makes you feel better because it activates the pleasure centers in your brain.
Kindness boosts the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is responsible for our “good feelings”. As with exercising, kindness releases endorphins, which interact with your brain to reduce your perception of pain and trigger a positive feeling in the body.
Being kind lowers anxiety
Anxiety in social interaction can cause debilitating effects. However, kindness shifts the focus from ourselves to the individuals we are engaging. Try thinking about how someone else might be feeling and what you can do to make them feel better. This may not be easy for people that are more introverted in social settings but practicing the golden rule of treating others as you wish to be treated, you can reduce social anxiety.
Kindness strengthens immunity
We mentioned that oxytocin opens blood vessels, but it also reduces inflammation. Many diseases are linked to inflammation, including diabetes, cancer, chronic pain, and migraines. Kind acts increase your body’s oxytocin levels, thereby boosting your immunity – something we all are concerned about today.
So try to be more kind in 2021, it will be good for others and for yourself. Heaven’s Elect Christian Learning Center and Daycare is a Non-denominational Christian childcare center fully licensed by the state of Michigan. Our Midland daycare center has been serving the community since 2000. Please contact us at heavenselect.com.
Heaven’s Elect Christian Learning Center and Daycare is a Non-denominational Christian childcare center fully licensed by the state of Michigan. Our Midland daycare center has been serving the community since 2000. The daycare center is open for your convenience: Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We are closed in observance of the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. When at all possible, we are open during Midland Public School snow days.