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Posted January 31, 2022 by Todd M Ivan, MD
We all know how a random act of kindness can benefit the recipient of the act. Plus, it usually makes you feel good to show kindness to others. But, did you know, these random acts of kindness also have physical health benefits?
A 2016 study shows a connection between giving or helping and the chemical releases in the brain that mimic a euphoric high. This ‘helpers high” shows how generosity can benefit your overall health as much as those who you help. Research shows that giving to others combines the chemicals released in a euphoric high – endorphins, dopamine and endocannabinoids – and may help:
Studies suggest individuals who witness or receive a random act of kindness are much more likely to perform their own act of giving back. It can also build a stronger community and family experience. Here are a few ideas on how to pay it forward:
Random acts of kindness can also produce a wonderful loop of happiness by increasing extra serotonin in both the giver and receiver of the kindness act. Serotonin aids in mood regulation, social behavior, memory and other important brain functions. It can also start a positive loop of behavior.