Everyone knows that exercise offers multiple health benefits, but did you know that spreading positive thoughts and kindness does, too? Positivity and good health go hand-in-hand. Even though researchers haven’t found the exact physical link between the two, they continuously see the power of its results. Find out how staying positive and kind can keep you and others healthy.
Lisa R. Yanek, a health expert at Johns Hopkins, has been studying the effects of positivity on heart disease. She and her team have looked at people with a family history of heart disease and compared them to the general population. They administered a survey to find out how positive people in the study were and if that made a difference in their cardiovascular health. They looked at factors such as:
The researchers found that positive people in the general population are 13 percent less likely to have a heart attack than negative people. For people with a family history of heart disease, the ones with a positive outlook on life were 33% less likely to have a cardiac event within 5-25 years than those with a negative outlook.
You don’t have to be married to the idea of positivity and kindness, but a couple’s study found that expressing positivity to your partner brings greater satisfaction with life for both of you. Even if the couple isn’t married, when two people spend time with each other, positivity is shown to help you cope with difficult times better and find the bright spots in life.
When it comes to positivity and kindness, the relationship can be between friends, coworkers or even strangers in a crowd. Compared to people who only dwell on the negative, positive people experience stronger and longer-lasting relationships that support a lifetime of health and happiness.
You’ve probably heard that phrase, or said it, more than once. But a group of researchers at the University of Kansas checked out the details to see if it really does any good. They found that even if your smile is fake, the mere act of smiling lowers your heart rate and blood pressure during times of stress. So, when you say a kind word to someone who’s having a bad day, the resulting smile really does make you both feel better.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic continue to explore the health benefits of optimism and positivity. Some of the additional benefits they’ve witnessed are:
It’s not difficult to cultivate kindness and positivity. You can start by taking a moment to show gratitude for the people around you. Let someone know when they’ve made your day easier or given you a ray of hope during times of stress. Look for the same opportunities to pay that kindness forward. Simply opening a door for someone or offering a helping hand can often lighten a person’s load.
The experts may say to surround yourself with positive people, but the best way to start is to be a seed of kindness. Your positive thoughts and expressions will not only attract the positive people you want to be around, but it will benefit your health in more ways than one.
Creating arts and crafts with the intention of brightening someone else’s day is another way to spread kindness and positivity. Join in on the international movement of painting and hiding rocks for others to find. Creativity for Kids’ new Hide & Seek Rock Painting Kit is a complete arts and crafts activity set that includes everything needed for you, your friends and family to get creative, spread kindness, encouragement and happiness throughout your local community – one rock at a time.
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