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Kindness – a Powerful Tool to Live Happier and Longer

Written by: Beatriz Helena Vallejo Reyes

One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most about working at KindWorks.AI has been diving deep into the fascinating findings of Kindness research. All the tools we offer here at KindWorks.AI are fully supported by science, and therefore, without a doubt, have the capacity to help people improve their lives in multiple ways. In my deep dives, I have discovered a vast world of academic research, showing the various benefits of conducting Acts of Kindness towards ourselves, specific others, and our communities at large. Today, a growing body of research demonstrates that regularly performing even the smallest Acts of Kindness make us live longer, happier, and more productive lives.  In our relationships with others, it makes us more likely and trustworthy.  These studies are part of a broader group of literature aiming to understand the pathways through which social interactions impact disease risk. Interestingly, prosocial behavior has been constantly associated with long-term health outcomes [1].

One of the discoveries I have found most interesting is the influence that Acts of Kindness have on our physical health. Through the current pandemic, we have all become (some once more, some maybe for the first time) keenly aware of how vulnerable our health can be. This realization has made many of us wonder what tools we might have at hand to strengthen our bodies and minds. I was amazed to learn that studies have found that just by performing one Act of Kindness towards someone else once a week for five consecutive weeks has the power to positively change one’s immune expression profiles [1]. In other words, performing small Acts of Kindness for others generates positive changes in our biology, which reduces the risk for disease. Just imagine how much impact it would have to do this for several months (or even years) and maybe also more than once a week? And what if we also accounted for the positive effects that regularly doing Acts of Kindness would have on our happiness, general well-being and also the lives of those who experience our Kindness?

It is our mission at KindWorks.AI to encourage our users to do one daily Act of Kindness in order to live a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life – while also making this world a Kinder place. If this sounds great to you and you haven’t already, head here to sign up for our free 10DaysOfKindness Challenge and experience the amazing benefits of Kindness yourself!

[1] Nelson-Coffey, S. K., Fritz, M. M., Lyubomirsky, S., & Cole, S. W. (2017). Kindness in the blood: A randomized controlled trial of the gene regulatory impact of prosocial behavior. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 81, 8-13.

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How Kindness Measurably Improves Well-Being Across Cultures

Written by: Hailey Trier

At the beginning of the KindWorks.AI journey, our team wanted to build a service that was not only enjoyable to use but also aligned with current scientific findings linking Kindness with mental health benefits. Our goal was to create an engaging messaging experience that motivates users to take control of their well-being, and research strongly shows we are on the right path. Caring for the self and others, as well as reflecting on those Acts of Kindness, has been shown time and again to have measurable benefits to numerous aspects of well-being. 

By regularly planning and completing Acts of Kindness towards others and themselves, our users take advantage of well-established links between Kindness and positive health outcomes.  In fact, Dr Jeremy Howick, Director of the Oxford University Empathy Programme, has stated that ‘The easiest way to improve your mental health and that of those around you is to do something nice for someone else.’  In addition, Buchanan and Bardi [1] demonstrated through experiments that performing Acts of Kindness daily over as little as 10 days can significantly increase life satisfaction and improve mental health. Further, a recent meta-analysis of prosociality and well-being found that Kindness improved not just psychological functioning but also had secondary benefits to physical health such as increasing energy levels and exercise [2]. It is clear that there are many health and well-being benefits to be gained from cultivating Kindness in one’s daily life.

Moreover, our team was encouraged not just by the great number of scientific studies demonstrating the measurable benefits of Kindness, but also by the cultural diversity evident in this body of scientific literature. Research supporting the positive effects of Kindness on mental health and well-being comes from studies of adult populations in a number of culturally distinct countries as Japan [3], Australia [4], and Greece [5]. The scientific agreement across this diverse body has our team at KindWorks.AI convinced that we are building a product that will create vast benefits for the employees of every company – both for the individual and the company culture – regardless of where your company is on the globe.

By signing up to KindWorks.AI and starting their personal Kindness journey with us, users are taking advantage of a strong link between compassion and well-being that will improve satisfaction with their own life, themselves, and others around them in measurable ways.  On a company-wide scale, KindWorks.AI improves employee well-being in order to boost productivity as well as enhance company culture while reducing healthcare costs and employee turnover.  We are excited for new users to quickly start seeing the effects of Kindness in their own lives and in their workplace.

References

[1] Buchanan and Bardi, “Acts of Kindness and Acts of Novelty Affect Life Satisfaction.”

[2] Hui et al., “Rewards of Kindness?”

[3] Otake et al., “Happy People Become Happier Through Kindness: A Counting Kindnesses Intervention.”

[4] Kerr, O’Donovan, and Pepping, “Can Gratitude and Kindness Interventions Enhance Well-Being in a Clinical Sample?”

[5] Symeonidou et al., “Promoting Subjective Wellbeing through a Kindness Intervention.”

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