Psychologist Dr David Lewis of the University of Sussex’s Mindlab performed a study that showed that people who do good deeds, such as helping a neighbor or performing charity work, experience less anger, less stress, and feel more positive and self confident.
Dr Lewis concluded: “Being more considerate can reduce stress levels. Effects of stress on the body are well documented: it can suppress the immune system, lead to a rise in blood pressure, increase risk of heart attack and stroke, and contribute to infertility…Therefore to improve our chances of being healthy we should all start doing good to others today.”
A study at Harvard University also determined that helping others can make us mentally tougher. The study concluded that “Helping others may be the best way of regaining control of your own life.”
The great thing about kindness is that it doesn’t have to cost money. It can be a compliment, a smile, an appreciation, compliment, and a myriad of other things. For more suggestions, see my article titled “Sharing Your Best.”