The 5 Side Effects of Kindness

The 5 Side Effects of Kindness

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 19:00 to 20:30
Personal Growth
Alternatives says: 
Being kind is good for you... and for others!

We all know there are negative side effects of drugs but did you know that there are positive side effects of kindness? This evening, David Hamilton will share his latest findings on the subject.

The human body and mind is healthiest when we are being kind because we have 'kindness genes'. Scientific research now shows that being kind makes us happier and helps alleviate depression. It even helps reduce social anxiety. It also physically impacts the brain by altering neural circuits. Kindness also has a huge impact on the heart.

Just as stress hormones negatively impact the body, kindness brings about opposite effects. Its products (which David calls 'molecules of kindness') act directly on blood vessels to soften arteries, reduce blood pressure, improve blood flow to the heart and brain, and even help balance cholesterol. In a similar fashion, kindness also impacts ageing in several different ways, including the process of wrinkling of the skin and the gradual weakening of the immune system.

And if you ever doubted that you make a difference in the world, David will share some research that shows how kindness is contagious and that most acts of kindness impact many more people than the originally intended person or people.

About the speaker, Dr David Hamilton

David Hamilton has a PhD in organic chemistry and spent 4 years in the pharmaceutical industry, developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer. Inspired by the placebo effect, he left the industry to write books and educate people on how they can harness their mind and emotions to improve their health.

He is now the author of 12 books, including, ‘The Little Book of Kindness’, ‘How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body’, ‘I Heart Me’, the Amazon bestseller, ‘The Five Side Effects of Kindness’ and 'How Woo-Woo Works'.

David is featured in the award-winning documentary, ‘HEAL’. He appears regularly in the media and was recently featured on Channel 4’s live show, ‘Sunday Brunch’, in the UK and ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ in the USA.  David is the honorary scientific advisor for the charity 52-Lives, a charity that helps people through acts of kindness, and he is an advisor to the science board at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS).

His new book The Joy of Actually Giving a F*ck: How Kindness Can Cure Stress and Make You Happy is released on 9th July 2024

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