The benefits of kindness

Just as feelings of stress can suppress our immune system, it seems that acts of kindness can boost it. Studies, including ones by Harvard University and the HeartMath Institute in the US, show that watching acts of kindness or cultivating feelings of care and compassion lead to increased levels of salivary immunoglobulin-A (s-IgA), the immune system’s first line of defense to harmful bacteria. So being kind is not only good for the mind, but good for your health too.

  • Practicing so-called random acts of kindness gives us all  a tangible and easy way to make another person happy, and that perpetuates happiness. Read our blog on random acts of kindness here.
  • Why giving is good: 5 insights.
  •  We also wrote about the kindness of strangers.