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Kindness Extends Life

Kindness Extends Life

So, it turns out nice guys don’t always finish last. A recent study indicates those with altruistic tendencies outlive those who keep to themselves.

There’s something about doing something kind for a friend, neighbour or family member without expecting anything in return. That flush of the feel goods is undeniably rewarding as it heightens your relationships and on a personal level, your self-worth gets a boost as your action positively influences another.

Recently, scientists studied a group of 846 people over the age of 65 over a five-year period.  Participants were assessed on stressful events they’d encountered over the past year, ones that typically indicated an increase in mortality such as serious non-life threatening illness, death of a family member, burglary, job loss or financial difficulties. From there, the same participants were asked how much help they provided others close to them such as helping them with transport, errands or shopping, housework, child care and other tasks.

After five years, the stressful events indeed indicated a higher mortality rate but interestingly, those who helped others had a decreased mortality rate. Those who were exposed to stressful events and didn’t help others had a 30 percent increase in the risk of mortality.

Random acts of kindness are also expected to create better health through the release of hormone, oxytocin. Generating positive emotions releases oxytocin, which in turn reduces blood pressure and inflammations. Whoever you choose to help, the message is simple. Spreading kindness not only helps others, you’ll reap the rewards too…

 

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3780662/

http://dujs.dartmouth.edu/2009/05/is-altruism-good-for-the-altruistic-giver/#.VpzgajZzI3Y

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