You know that feeling you get after volunteering at a food bank? Or after doing something nice like buying coffee for a stranger? That feeling isn’t just a coincidence. Turns out, something as simple as being kind can benefit your overall health.

Don’t believe us? Tahnee Schulz, a psychologist at Kindness Factory, helped us break down three surprising ways being kind affects your health below.

Chemical balance
Yes, science shows that being kind can uplift your mood. How? Showing kindness changes your chemical balance to an oxytocin state, which is a feel-good hormone that elevates your ability to communicate, collaborate, and trust others.

Boost everyday health
“Being in a state of kindness can support [your] immune system and help protect [you] from stress, inflammation, and disease,” says Schulz. Spread positivity while boosting health? We’ll take it!

Promote brain function
You’d be pleased to know that there are proven neurological benefits of being kind. “Kindness activates networks in [your] prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that helps [you] achieve high performance – to problem solve and define values,” says Schulz. “Therefore, kindness equals higher performance, higher intelligence, and a better world!”

xx, The FabFitFun Team

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