Wellness Newsletter

February 2014

Random Acts of Kindness

Numerous scientific studies show that acts of kindness result in significant health benefits, both physical and mental.
Allan Luks describes this effect in his book, The Healing Power of Doing Good.
  • People performing kind acts report feeling a rush of euphoria, followed by a long period of improved emotional well-being.
  • Stress-related health problems improve after performing kind acts.
  • Helping reverses feelings of depression, supplies social contact, and decreases feelings of hostility and isolation that can cause stress, overeating, ulcers, etc.
  • A drop in stress may, for some people, decrease the constriction within the lungs that leads to asthma attacks.
  • A decrease in both the intensity and the awareness of physical pain can occur.
  • Once we establish a relationship of friendship, love, or some sort of positive bonding, we feel emotions that can strengthen the immune system.
  • The health benefits and sense of well-being return for hours or even days whenever the helping act is remembered.