The benefits of kindness

October 02, 2018
2 min read

Katie McCourt

Digital Content Specialist

Being kind has benefits

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” –  Margaret Mead

At Charitable Impact, we believe that people are innately generous, and that everyone has a charitable spirit. Giving charitably and being kind to others has many benefits, so why not make it a habit?

It feels good

Performing acts of kindness towards others can actually release feel-good chemicals in your brain, and some studies have shown a link between kindness and your overall happiness. Dr. Elizabeth Dunn and Ashley Whillans, UBC researchers who study the psychology of giving, found that people who spent as little as $5 on someone else, were happier compared with people who were asked to spend $5 on themselves.

Builds stronger relationships

In a situation where two or more people perform acts of kindness to one another, it can enhance the release of oxytocin — a hormone linked to strengthening relationships. 

Reduces stress and anxiety

Studies also show that the release of oxytocin in the brain can reduce stress, and reducing anxiety as a result.

It makes the world a friendlier place!

Pay it forward, and pass on your kindness! Not only does it make your mates feel great, but it’s contagious too. What simple act of selflessness could you make habitual?