Research Says Being Kind Calms You Down, Extends Your Life And Feels Good

Yes, these are results of a real study.

If you're looking for ways to reduce stress and anxiety, a simple solution might be the most positive one: be kind.

Tatiana Denning, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, wrote in the Epoch Times that while there are lots of ways to alleviate stress, "the solution actually lies in helping others." Denning highlights several studies over the last few years that point to kindness as a shortcut towards reducing stress and living longer.


"It turns out that when we put our own troubles aside and focus our energy on being kind and helping others, our stress levels decrease," Denning wrote. "Kindness positively impacts hormonal levels in our bodies, leading to both mental and physical health benefits."

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Denning cites several studies to back up her claim. A 2015 Yale study found that being polite reduces stress, a study published in National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) trying to be kind reduces levels of the stress-inducing hormone cortisol, and some studies have shown that volunteering is just as beneficial for the people stepping up as the people benefitting from the volunteer work. 

Even more, the people who are older than 55 and volunteers for more than two organizations are 44 percent less likely to early, Denning writes

All told, the information together paints a pretty fascinating picture about how to reduce your stress and extend your life: being kind, selfless, and volunteering your time have all been shown to help. Maybe it's worth a try.


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