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Recent research has shown that ‘kindness’ is more than just a nice thing to do. It can also play a role in our wellbeing, by helping to improve our physical and mental health. Even witnessing kindness in others can have an impact.

We wanted to share some kindness facts with you, taken from across various studies into the subject:

1) Kindness can help us feel happier

A hormone called Dopamine is released in our brain when we experience kindness. This lifts our mood and gives us a good feeling. This is also known as ‘Helper’s High’.

2) Kindness is contagious

Acts of kindness have a ripple effect. When we are kind, we inspire others to be kind. So, if we are kind to 5 people, this can spread outwards to our friends’ friends’ friends - effectively three degrees of separation. One act of kindness can positively affect up to 125 people!

3) Kindness can boost your energy levels

In a study carried out at the University of Berkeley in California, 50% of participants reported that they felt stronger and more energetic after helping others.  They also reported feeling calmer and had increased feelings of self-worth.

4) Kindness can reduce stress

People who are regularly kind have 23% less Cortisol (the stress hormone) than the average population.

5) Kindness can help relieve pain

Kindness also produces Endorphins, which are the brain’s natural painkiller.

6) Kindness is good for the heart

Acts of kindness are often accompanied by a feeling of emotional warmth, which in turn produces the hormone Oxytocin. This in turn causes the release of a chemical called Nitric Oxide, which expands our blood vessels, reduces blood pressure and protects our heart.

7) Kindness improves relationships

Kindness reduces the emotional distance between two people and makes us feel more ‘bonded’. During the evolutionary process, our ancestors had to learn to cooperate with one another. A strong bond in a group meant that they were more likely to survive and so ‘kindness’ genes became part of the human genome.

8) Kindness is like weight training

It is possible to build on our compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others who are suffering, with care and desire to help.

9) Kindness can slow ageing

Recent research has found that Oxytocin (already mentioned above) can also reduce levels of free radicals and inflammation (two main agents for ageing) in our cardiovascular system.

At Devon Duvets we’re a small family run business that’s committed to individually handcrafting soft filled British wool bedding that will help you to sleep better. We put love and care into each step, from sourcing our materials from suppliers who support our ethics and values, to crafting our products, stitch by stitch, in our Devon workshops. If you have any queries about any of our products, please contact the team and we’ll be happy to help.


Ref: 52 Lives, Science Direct, Dr David Hamilton (kindness scientist)