It’s good for business
Studies show that kindness in the workplace reduces staff absence, and increases job satisfaction and performance. We also work harder when our co-workers are kind to us.
It boosts our health
Behaving kindly sets off a chain of physical effects. Warm feelings that come with kindness boost oxytocin levels, which in turn produce nitric oxide that expands blood vessels and improves circulation, protecting against heart attacks and strokes.
It slows ageing
Stress ages us but kind people produce less of the stress hormone cortisol. Kindness boosts our antioxidant response too — so a bit of goodwill could be as effective as a superfood!
It makes us happier
When you perform an act of kindness you experience a ‘helper’s high’. The brain produces ‘happy hormones’ — endorphins, serotonin and oxytocin. Studies of people who do good deeds every day show they feel stronger, more energised and better about themselves.
When you’re on the receiving end of kindness it has a magical effect. You feel uplifted and temporarily lose some of the stress you’ve been carrying around — and you are more likely to be kind to someone else.
It can save your marriage
Kindness is the most important predictor of satisfaction in a long-term relationship. Forget wild sex, excitement and grand gestures — listening, compliments and a cuppa in the morning are what glue couples together.