kindness360 is founded on the enduring principles of generosity and public good. We are committed, through our nonprofit subsidiaries, such as Saint Sebastian Homeless Outreach, to defending, educating, and empowering the ostracized and disenfranchised; through Ameriscribe Braille Services we are promoting the independence of people who are blind and visually-impaired by providing specialized braille products and services as we enlist humanity’s help in improving their quality of life. We accomplish our charitable missions by bringing together volunteers, advocates, partners, and the generosity of donors.
Did you know there are scientifically proven benefits of being kind? It’s true.
Taking part in, or simply witnessing random acts of kindness produces oxytocin, sometimes referred to as the ‘love hormone’. This little hormone is great at lowering a person’s blood pressure and boosting his or her heart-health. Say goodbye to Cheerios! And Oxytocin also gives a boost to our self-esteem and helps us see things from a more positive point of view – which is extra helpful when we’re in an awkward or shy social situation.
Christine Carter, at UC Berkeley, with The Greater Good Science Center found that almost half of their study participants reported feeling more alive and energetic immediately after helping someone. Some even reported a calming sensation while others felt less depressed.
A September 2009 article from Harvard Business School reports that altruism (financial generosity) boosts a person’s mood – “the feelings of empowerment, joy, and inspiration that giving engenders” is today an indisputable fact.
“People who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains. Giving your help to others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease. People 55 and older who volunteer for two or more organizations have an impressive 44% lower likelihood of dying early, and that’s after sifting out every other contributing factor, including physical health, exercise, gender, habits like smoking, marital status and many more. This is a stronger effect than exercising four times a week or going to church.” Says Christine Carter, Author, Raising Happiness; In Pursuit of Joyful Kids and Happier Parents”
According to Emory University, there is such a thing as a “helper’s high.” This fun phenomenon is experienced when we are kind to others. At that moment of kindness, your brain’s pleasure and reward centers will “light up.” Way to go!
By exercising kindness, you might be able to forgo antidepressants. Like man-made antidepressants, when you practice kindness to others, your effort helps to stimulate the production of serotonin in the brain. Oh, yeah! With serotonin loose, you’ll feel more calm, relaxed, and pleasantly pleased.
Getting involved with writing articles for a blog is both challenging and rewarding. If you have above average writing skills, good grammatical skills, and a desire to share meaningful stories that reflect positively on acts of kindness (i.e., caring, compassion, ect.) you are exactly the kind of writer/story teller we are actively seeking for our kindness360 Blog.