Being Kind for a Better Life

This world isn’t always a happy place, and sometimes it takes a real effort to see the good in the world. Making change always starts at the beginning, though, and sometimes making an effort on an individual basis can set the wheels into motion for something bigger than we can even imagine.

Besides a global benefit to putting a little love into the world, we are starting to learn that being kind may even be beneficial for our health on an individual level. If we can stay healthier longer, there can be dramatic impacts on our personal life and even in the care of our pets. What’s not to like?

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

Your mother may have told you to do unto others as you would have them do unto you, but who would have thought that being kind had scientifically proven health benefits? Being kind:

  • Releases oxytocin in the brain, resulting in overall increased optimism and self-esteem
  • Fuels energy levels
  • Increases endorphin levels that can help manage pain
  • Decreases anxiety and depression
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Decreases the stress hormone cortisol
  • Slows the aging process

In fact being kind may have a stronger impact on lifespan than going to church or even exercising four days a week! Impressive! And being kind doesn’t just affect you- those who are impacted by the kindness also reap some health benefits.

Being Kind for Our Pets

Beverley Hills Veterinary Associates want you to be the best, happiest you possible because that directly translates to how you care for and interact with your pets. A happy pet owner has more energy and love to devote to caring for their pet, and will live longer on average. Who doesn’t want more time with their furry friend?

Pet ownership can also have an impact on our health. We know that having a pet can also decrease blood pressure, lower anxiety, decrease stress and depression, and improve cardiovascular health. Our pets give back to us, as well.

Go ahead and thank your pet for helping you by improving your overall health. Make an effort to be kind and do just one nice thing each day. Start with:

  • Saying a kind word to a stranger
  • Paying it forward at the drive-thru
  • Helping someone when they need an extra hand
  • Mowing your neighbor’s lawn
  • Send a thank you note
  • Bake someone some cookies

It doesn’t need to be anything complicated. In fact some of the best examples of kindness are the simplest. Making an effort to be kind has no downsides, and if nothing else your pet deserves the best you possible. Be sure to inspire others to do the same by letting us know via Facebook how you are making the world a kinder place.