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Can Sharing Kindness Help Your Health?

From Mayo Clinic News Network
Mayo Clinic News Network

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) According to the Mayo clinic there is a science behind the phenomenon called “loving kindness.” Research shows that learning and practicing loving kindness can profoundly affect your attitude, outlook and even your health.

Mayo Clinic News Network

You’ve heard the uplifting stories: Passersby dropping scads of cash into charity collection buckets or anonymous donors paying off hospital bills for strangers. And people helping victims during storms and natural disasters. These acts of kindness make everybody feel good.

There’s a science behind that phenomenon called “loving kindness.” And research shows that learning and practicing loving kindness can profoundly affect your attitude, outlook and even your health. Better yet, you can rewire your brain to be more present and kinder to others, giving your mood a daily boost.

These three simple practices will help get you started.

LOVING-KINDNESS MEDITATION (LKM)
LKM is a quiet, contemplative practice that focuses thought on your heart region and encourages warm, tender thoughts, possibly about a loved one. In one study, people who practiced LKM an hour a week felt greater positive emotions, love, contentment, joy, while interacting with others. Documented health benefits of practicing LKM include:

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