By Alane Archer, ND, CNC
Have you ever known someone who is grumpy and mean all the time? They spend all their energy complaining to anyone who will listen, yet they never do anything about it? Then there is that person who is incredibly rude to everyone else while putting their importance above everyone else. When you were little, your momma told you “Honey, hurting people hurt people.” The sting is still the same if not worse as adults than it was on the school playground.
We naturally think “Ok; everyone has a bad day and some extra stress, but this guy is taking it too far.” These grumpy people in our lives remind us just how important a gentle spirit, and a kind disposition are. A hot temper can cause stress to you and others, hormonal imbalance, blood sugar ups and downs, and increased blood pressure.
Being kind can help you live longer! Helping others helps you live longer. Extending kindness to others makes you happier, selfish I know, but everyone benefits from this. Start with a smile, a hello, or exchange pleasantries.
Those who are compassionate and better in-tune with other people’s emotions may be more successful at work. “People trust you more, they have better interactions with you, you even get paid better,” Dacher Keltner, a professor at the University of California-Berkeley and co-director of the Greater Good Science Center, told ABC News.
You have heard the saying ‘Nice guys finish last.‘ it should say ‘ Nice guys finish with less stress, and a better quality of life.’ The race to the top doesn’t come without a cost. Managing stress levels and being considerate of others in the workplace can provide long-lasting benefits.
Good for your community, good for your body! Living a more contentious engage lift allows you to reduce the contributing factor to heart problems, like stress, which can lead to unhealthy eating and compromised quality of sleep. Kindness releases feel-good hormones called endorphins. According to Dr. David Hamilton, “oxytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide in blood vessels, which dilates (expands) the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure, and therefore oxytocin is known as a ‘cardioprotective’ hormone because it protects the heart (by lowering blood pressure).”
Kindness strengthens your heart physically and emotionally. We always enjoy the company of those who have big hearts!
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