Freshly Baked Science
Doing Good Does You Good!
9th December 2018
We all know the story of the Scrooge who is the most miserable person known to man, yet once he does a good deed he is filled with happiness and joy. Not only does this make for a great film, but it is also scientifically accurate. It has been proven many times that doing good deeds has a positive effect on the human body. So not only does a good deed make somebody else feel great, but it also has some great benefits for you too!
GOOD DEEDS INCREASES:
Love hormone levels: Good deeds encourages the release of oxytocin, which is also known as the ‘love hormone’. Oxytocin can lower our blood pressure and improve the health of our heart. It also increases self-esteem and confidence!
Energy levels: In many scientific studies, participants have reported feeling stronger and more energetic after they’ve done a good deed!
Your lifespan: Believe it or not, helping other people protects your health more than a lot of medication! People who volunteer regularly have a 44% lower chance of dying early than those who don’t volunteer. This is actually even more beneficial than exercising 4 times a week (and less sweaty)!
Serotonin levels: Doing kind things for others releases Serotonin. This is the same hormone that is released by anti-depressants, which is kind of amazing! The feel-good hormone will calm you down and make you feel much happier!
GOOD DEEDS DECREASES:
Stress: ‘Kind’ people statistically have 23% less cortisol (stress hormone) in their body and tend to age slower than the general population… yes, please!
Pain: When engaging in an act of kindness, you produce more endorphins. These are your body’s natural painkillers and thus reduce the feeling of pain!
Anxiety: One study took a group of highly anxious people and got them to perform at least 6 acts of kindness per week, no matter how big or small! A month after the study, the participants were shown to have an increase in positive moods, relationship satisfaction and a decrease in social avoidance!
If the gratification of doing a good deed wasn’t enough for you, perhaps these benefits are enough to push you to do more random acts of kindness! Take a look at our 12 Days of Christmas Good Deeds for some ideas of kind acts you can do this Christmas!