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Kindness at Ohio State


The concept of kindness can seem simple, but it leads to powerful experiences and profound human connections.

Kindness is more than behavior. The art of kindness means harboring a spirit of helpfulness, as well as being generous and considerate, and doing so without expecting anything in return. Kindness is a quality of being. The act of giving kindness is often simple, free, positive and healthy.

There is plenty of science to support showing kindness to others. There are many studies that have been conducted to explore how kindness affects all aspects of our lives.

The Benefits of Kindness

Kindness Increases: 

  • Oxytocin
  • Energy
  • Happiness
  • Lifespan
  • Pleasure
  • Serotonin

Kindness Decreases: 

  • Pain
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Blood Pressure

A recent study found that helping others may reduce symptoms of depression or anxiety. Read more

Research also shows that the old adage kindness is contagious is true. We often think about how peer pressure can result in negative actions. But peer pressure can result in positive and caring actions as well. When people witness the kindness of others, it encourages them to do the same. 

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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. — Dalai Lama