Welcome to the Cards4Humanity Kindness School!
We’re here to school you on the far-reaching and scientifically-proven benefits of altruistic kindness and giving.
(We know, it’s our favorite subject too.)
So grab you pen or pencil because...
We have THREE questions for you.
Pay close attention... we think these may be some of the most important – and life-changing- lessons you’ll ever learn.
NOTE: We wouldn’t be good little students or teachers if we didn’t back up our claims with evidence! All claims, theories and studies are included below for your reading pleasure. We recommend grabbing a cup of tea and getting cozy, because there’s a whole lot of goodness to digest.
QUESTION #1: Can one small act of kindness impact someone’s life?
The Answer: Yes
1. When we are the recipient of a kind gesture, our heart lights up causing an expansive feeling in our chest (scientist call this the “warm glow”)
Did you know... 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.
2. When the heart is activated, it beams like a 150-watt lightbulb, sending out a vibration that can be felt 2-3 feet from the body.
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.
3. This new “happy” vibration is not only felt by the person who received the kind gesture, but by those all around.
Higher Vibrations make us feel good! We may smile more, hold the door for someone else, have a little more patience. Oxytocin is the hormone that fosters human connection and when it floods our system, we tend to be kinder to all those around us. By giving a Cards4Humanity and igniting their heart, you’ve literally changed their physiology, which in turn, changes their day!
4. And now a Revolution begins! Studies show that individuals who received unexpected acts of kindness feel elevated, happy and grateful, and are more likely to help someone else.
Check it out! This was a study done at Harvard in 2007. Read about it out here
QUESTION #2: Can giving Cards4Humanity benefit you?
The answer: Yes!
Each time you give a Cards4Humanity, it gives back to YOU!
12 things (yes 12!) that scientists are saying about altruistic giving:
1. Giving makes us happier.
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.
2. By giving, you’ll have a super-human immune system.
Ok, maybe not “super-human” but studies show that giving does strengthen your ability to fight off colds and the flu. Mom was right again. Kindness IS the best medicine
3. Giving is addictive.
The brain releases “feel-good” hormones like Dopamine and Oxytocin when we give to another resulting in what scientists call a “Helper’s High.” The hormones are similar to the effects of Morphine and other addictive drugs, which means: the more we give, the better we feel, so we give more and then the better we feel, and then… well, you get it.
4. Kindness is good for the brain.
Altruistic giving has shown to improve cognitive performance. Next time, better give that high-five BEFORE the test!
5. OMG Darlene, you haven’t aged a bit!
The act of giving prevents aging by increasing telomere length. (Telomere are chromosomes that are the biological mark of aging.) Save money and shelf space. You don’t need expensive night creams, you just need to be kind!
6. I feel A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!
Because of the boost in feel-good hormones, giving increases energy levels in your body. Anyone for a morning cup of kindness?
7. It makes your heart smile.
Can hearts smile? Acts of kindness have been shown to lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Smiles or not, a healthy heart is a happy heart.
8. Helps you get your Zen on.
The act of giving releases Oxytocin which helps balance Cortisol, the hormone that causes stress and the “Fight or Flight” state. Kindness is more effective than a soothing soak in the tub
9. Better at finding friends than Facebook.
People who routinely give to others feel better about themselves and are more likely to engage in social situations. Now that’s something we can definitely “Like!”
10. Makes you stronger.
It’s true. Studies have shown that after performing acts of kindness, participants had an increase in hand-strength when squeezing a tennis ball.
11. Makes you more successful.
People who perform acts of kindness are more socially connected, and have been shown to be trusted more with stranger’s money. Tell that one to your boss!
12. And lastly, it even helps you live a longer, healthier life!
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. Now if that isn’t enough reason to be kind and start giving, we don’t know what is!
And that’s just one card. Imagine what 21 cards could do…
If one act of kindness can change your day, can 21 kind acts change your life?
The Answer: Absolutely
Each Cards4Humanity deck contains 21 cards with one simple rule to play the game:
Give Away one card a day for 21 days
Why 21 cards?
Research has shown it takes at least 21 days to create a new habit.
Habits are formed by consistent and repetitive ACTION. Every action and intention 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 shows that adults can be trained to be more compassionate toward one another. Each of our habits are learned. It’s just as easy to learn to be kind as it is to be selfish. No matter who you are right now, if you learned one way, you can always learn another.
How do we learn to become more kind? By creating a kindness loop....
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.
And a loop of feel-good reinforcement is formed.
With Cards4Humanity, you get:
21 cards to give away
21 days in a row,
Creating 21 days of feel-good emotions flooding the body and creating a habit-forming loop of happiness etching themselves in the grooves in your brain.
Who wouldn’t want to play that game?