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The adventurous pilot Amelia Earhart once said, “No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another,” and she was right. Acts of kindness have a way of being contagious. Turns out, helping others can be good for your health.

According to David R. Hamilton, Ph.D., performing a kind act releases oxytocin, which temporarily lowers your blood pressure. Oxytocin is the same brain chemical that’s released when you hold a baby or snuggle with a dog, so “kindness is literally good for your heart.”

According to Verywell Mind, being kind can lead to the following benefits:

  • Improving emotional wellbeing
  • Better heart health
  • Better mental health
  • Less stress

While doing acts of kindness for others may take a few minutes out of your day, it’s well worth your time. You’ll make your world, and theirs, a little more awesome.

At Direct, we make acts of service a part of our daily life. Watch as our agents make the world a little bit of a better place, one pleasant surprise at a time.