Kindness is good for your health (as long as it is sincere)

Kindness is good for your health: every sincere act of kindness stimulates the production of serotonin, which balances us emotionally, and boosts our self-esteem, according to several scientific studies.

We now know for sure: being nice on a daily basis makes you happy! Various very serious studies have indeed proven this over the past twenty years, recalls Consoglobe.

In the early 2000s, a study from Hope College in the United States found that negative emotions, such as resentment or the desire for revenge, tended to elevate heart rate and blood pressure. In contrast, a psychologist at Stanford University demonstrated in 2009 how kindness makes you happier: she invited half of a group of students to behave altruistically for ten weeks. At the end of the experiment, the group concerned reported feeling in a better mood and having better self-esteem.

Kindness, a great antidepressant
Because kindness obviously has positive effects on our brain and especially on the production of serotonin. This neurotransmitter has the power to balance emotions and its deficiency leads to anxiety, anxiety and depression. Antidepressants are, for the most part, made up of molecules which must stimulate the production of this serotonin. However, according to the studies of Doctor W. DYer, author of the book “The Power of Intention”, a simple act of kindness stimulates the production of this hormone, not only in the person who performs it but also in that person. who benefits.

Pretending to be nice is not good for you
Beware, however, of false kindness, warns another study: for two years, Frankfurt University professor Dieter Zapf studied the reactions of 4,000 operators who worked in a call center. He concluded that those who were forced to be in “emotional dissonance”, that is to say amiable to whomever they spoke to, were more stressed, maintained a very high heart rate long after their work day and had more than other tendencies to depression. While appearing amiable in all circumstances can sometimes be an asset, it doesn’t seem to be good for your health.

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