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The POWER of Kindness 

Life can be stressful.


Homework, family, deadlines, friend drama, practice schedules, the expectations of others, the expectations we put on ourselves – it can all feel like too much sometimes; that there’s barely time to sit down much less time for kindness. 


But performing simple acts of kindness throughout the day can actually ease stress and make us feel better and more connected to others in our fast-paced lives.



  • Is linked inextricably to happiness, well-being and contentment

  • Impacts psychological and physical health 

  • Promotes gratitude - when we are kind to others in need, having that awareness then heightens the sense of our own good fortune

  • Enhances our feeling of empathy and connection to others which lessens alienation and enhances the sense that we are more similar than dissimilar in our experiences. Feeling connected melds us together rather than divides us. Kindness is potent in strengthening a sense of community and belonging. 

  • Reduces stress,

  • Boosts our immune systems,

  • Helps reduce negative emotions such as angeranxiety, and depression


Scientifically speaking, kindness:

  • Releases neurochemicals that result in a sense of well-being - the “helper’s high”- as Allan Luks and Peggy Payne describe in The Healing Power of Doing Good. In fact, the neural circuits that are involved in chemical “highs” are the same ones activated by kindness and compassion.

  • Can reduce pain. Dopamine, serotonin, and endogenous opioids are released by kind behavior.

  • Enhances the release of oxytocin in interactions where two or more people are engaged in kindness behavior. In turn, bonds between those who are kind to one another are strengthened.

  • Enhances both physical and mental health. Many physical ailments are either precipitated by or aggravated by stress. Kindness reduces stress.  



Fredrickson, B. L., Cohn, M. A., Coffey, K. A., Pek, J., & Finkel, S. M. (2008). Open hearts build lives: Positive emotions, induced through loving-kindness meditation, build consequential personal resources. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1045–1062. DOI: 10.1037/a0013262

Hamilton, D. R. (2010). Why Kindness is Good for You. United Kingdom: Hay House.

Luks, A., & Payne, P. (2001). The Healing Power of Doing Good. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse.com, Inc.

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