Kindness and Endorphins

Kindness and Endorphins

Have you ever experienced that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from performing an altruistic act or an act of kindness? Ever wondered why doing good things feels so good? Recent studies from the National Academy of Science and Harvard University have shown that performing kind acts of kindness releases endorphins, the same feel-good chemicals you experience after a workout.

One study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science proved that when people donate to charities, the brain is flooded with endorphins in the areas associated with social intimacy and pleasure. This is where that pleasurable “glow” comes from when you make a donation or help someone out. Your body physically rewards you for an altruistic act with a mood boosting shot of endorphins.

Not only does performing kind acts make you feel good, it also improves mood, lowers blood pressure, improves self esteem, and reduces the stress hormone cortisol. So whether you donate to a favorite charity, volunteer for a worthy cause, comfort a friend in need, or just give someone a good hug, you truly are doing both the world and yourself a favor. The old adage is true,”Kindness truly IS it’s own reward!”

Why not give yourself a feel-good endorphin boost and purchase a Mountain Park Chiropractic gift certificate for a friend today? Give them the gift of wellness!

By Rachel Peterson