Well there you have it it’s finally been proven that it’s good to be kind to others. Not that we really doubted it 😉
“What studies have shown is that when we are either thinking about kind acts or witnessing kind acts or engaging in acts of kindness to other people, there are several biochemical changes that happen in our brain,” says Dr. Bhawani Ballamudi, SSM Health child psychiatrist. “One of the most important things that happens is that it releases oxytocin, a neurotransmitter that’s been studied extensively for its role in promoting a sense of bonding.”
Oxytocin is associated with empathy, trust, sexual activity, and relationship-building. It is sometimes referred to as the “love hormone,” because levels of oxytocin increase during hugging and orgasm. And all I have to do is be kind to get this natural high, so how do I do that?
“Physiologically, kindness can positively change your brain. Being kind boosts serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters in the brain that give you feelings of satisfaction and well-being, and cause the pleasure/reward centers in your brain to light up. Endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain killer, also can be released.”
source: https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/the-art-of-kindness. Steve Siegle is a licensed professional counselor in Psychiatry & Psychology
The Buddha dharma details in the Six Paramitas how we can generate joy and love in our lives as we practice to be be Bhodisattvas on the way to enlightenment. The practice centers around generosity, meaningful behavior, patience, joyful effort, meditation, and wisdom. Read more about it here on Quantum Awareness.