Our bodies aren’t just programmed to be nice, they reward us for being kind, scientists say. University of California Riverside psychology professor, Sonja Lyubomirsky, found that genes which trigger inflammation are less in people who perform acts of kindness. She reports there are more antiviral genes in those who regularly practice being kind.
When psychologists at the University of London questioned the importance of topics including ambition, creativity, tradition, security, kindness, and having an exciting life, guess what came up on top?
“Doing kindness makes you happier and being happier makes you do kind acts” said labor economist, Richard Layard. Perhaps in addition to making us happy, scattering kindness can also make us healthier.