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Science of Kindness – Increase Your Health
by Sara, from Institute of HeartMath  
This article was shared with ATH by Care2.



Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: Compassion, gratitude, care and appreciation are all manifestations of kindness. Share some kindness today and every day. Joy naturally arises in its presence, a gift to both the giver and the receiver...indulge yourself!


It is said kindness is its own reward; it is love in action. But did you also know that kindness is also joy fulfilled?

We devote great effort and time to the pursuit of joy. Those who show kindness on the journey of life soon learn it is one of the best ways to experience true joy.

When you are kind to others, it is like receiving “two” reward cards in a board game. Your actions bring greater joy and happiness to the recipients of your kindness, and you also experience great joy.

There is much to be said in praise of joy and kindness. They are qualities of the heart that make life worth living and lead to a life well lived. When you are kind, it can stir kindness in others. Your expression of joy has the power to infect not only a few friends but a few thousand strangers.

I’d like to invite you to take a ‘kindness break’ right now by watching an inspirational, one minute video about kindness.  It is part of HeartMath’s video series, The Insightful Heart.

Science of Joy and Kindness

Here is some of the Institute of HeartMath’s science behind joy and kindness.

You’ve probably heard, read or experienced firsthand how being joyful and showing kindness makes you feel good. But did you know that it can also increase your health and well-being?   After more than 20 years of research, including thousands of scientifically controlled trials, IHM has shown that kindness and joy can have real health benefits. Each instance of pure joy and manifestation of sincere kindness such as appreciation, care and compassion can actually improve the health of your heart, mind and body.


Findings from numerous Institute of HeartMath studies indicate there is no better time than this moment to allow joy and kindness to improve your life. For instance, the left graphic above illustrates how appreciation, one of the many ways we show kindness, stabilizes and smoothes our heart-rhythm patterns. Contrast this with the effect of frustration, as shown on the right in this actual example.
So, let’s all put a little more kindness out in the world and joy into our hearts.



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About the Author
Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.

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