Five Facts About World Kindness Day

Source: National Today website.

1. Start with children

One in four children in the U.S. experience bullying at school on a regular basis — teaching kids to be kind to everyone, even if they’re different, and to stand up to bullying when they see it, turns them into brave and kind adults.

2. A day of unity

Though the movement isn’t affiliated with any religion or political movement, over 28 nations participate in World Kindness Day.  

3. It pays to be kind

People who are constantly kind produce 23% less cortisol, which is the stress hormone — because of the lower levels of stress, people who practice kindness age slower than the average population.

4. Kindness is contagious

Researchers from the Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory found that when people see someone else being kind, they are more likely to act kindly towards others themselves.

5. It lowers blood pressure

Emotional warmth releases the hormone oxytocin, which dilates the blood vessels and therefore lowers your blood pressure.

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