Giving = Receiving
Science is proving each time we do something kind for another, we receive great rewards in return. From bigger smiles, to a healthier heart, to even helping us look younger,
the act of GIVING not only impacts the lives of those who receive our kind deeds,
but changes our lives as well.
KINDNESS & GIVING:
CREATES A "wARM GLOW"
ELECTRIFIES THE HEART
makes us happier
The “warm glow” results from the activation of the Vagus Nerve, a bundle of nerves at the top of our spine connected to our heart and other important organs. This nerve influences the release of Oxytocin “the love hormone” into our system, lowering our heart rate (calming us down) and causing us to feel more connected to others.
The HeartMatch Institute has found the heart generates an electro-magnetic frequency (think energy vibration) that is 60X greater than the brain! Activating someone’s heart-center is the most powerful thing you can do for someone.
Every kind act blossoms into another. Oxytocin is the hormone that fosters human connection and when it floods our system, we tend to be kinder to all those around us. We may smile more, hold the door for someone else, or have a little more patience proving that each kind act plants a seed for another.
Studies show that participants who were given a sum of money and told to spend it on others reported much higher increases in happiness than those who were told to spend the money on themselves. Looks like money can buy happiness – but only when we give it away.
is good for the brain
Altruistic giving has shown to improve cognitive performance.
Makes you younger
The act of giving prevents aging by increasing telomere length. (Telomere are chromosomes that are the biological mark of aging.) You don’t need expensive night creams, you just need to be kind!
IS GOOD FOR THE HEART
Acts of kindness have been shown to lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
The act of giving releases Oxytocin which helps balance Cortisol, the hormone that causes stress and the “Fight or Flight” state.
HELPS YOU MAKE FRIENDs
People who routinely give to others feel better about themselves and are more likely to engage in social situations
make you live longer
Studies show that individuals who participated in more altruistic giving during their life, are less likely to get sick and live an average of 5 years longer. If that isn’t enough reason to be kind and start giving, we don’t know what is!
Science of 21
Research has shown it takes at least 21 days to create a new habit.
Habits are formed by consistent and repetitive ACTION. Every action creates grooves in the gray matter of our brain. These grooves are a result of “neuroplasticity,” the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience.
Each time we perform a particular act, such as leaving a Cards4Humanity to brighten someone’s day, we deepen that particular “groove” in our brain. Eventually, the “groove” becomes so ingrained it becomes automatic, creating a habit we no longer have to think about. We simply do it.
Giving away Cards4Humanity 21 days in a row, your “kindness groove” deepens to eventually become a habit of happiness in your own life!
Kindness Only Works if You Do
Kindness is like lifting weights, it only works if you do.
If you lift a 10-lb. weight once, nothing happens. If you lift it a 100 times, something amazing starts to take shape.
Kindness is like a muscle. It can grow stronger with exercise, but it takes REPETITION and CONSISTENCY. We don’t always want to go to the gym, but we all know what happens when we consistently choose to go each day. It’s the same with choosing to give to others each day.
Studies show that adults can be trained to be more compassionate toward one another. Our habits are learned, and it’s easy to learn to be kind - we just have to do a small kind act every single day and soon, our "kindness" muscle is stronger than we ever imagined.
Creating a kindness loop
Every time we give to another, the brain’s reward circuitry is triggered and “feel-good” chemicals like dopamine and endorphins are released.
We experience a “helper’s high,” and a whole slew of benefits flood our body: our stress level is reduced, a loving expansive feeling swells in our chest, we get a boost of energy, and the list goes on and on.
Our bodies – and brains – LOVE this cocktail of happy feels and so naturally looks to repeat the same actions that produced it in the first place.
You do something kind for another – you feel good – which makes you want to do this action more – which makes you feel even better, which makes you want to do something kind again, which... Well, you get the point.