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    Kind endorphins

    When you do something nice for someone, you’ll notice a beautiful feeling of ease and peace. Acts of loving kindness release the emotional equivalent of endorphins, the feel-good chemicals that flood your senses after exercise.

    Richard Carlson, author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and it’s all small stuff. Kindness and love are said to literally help heal the heart. Rage and anger can cause surges in adrenaline and cortisol, two of the main hormones that contribute to heart disease. Kindness and feelings of love stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, increase calmness, and reduce levels of cortisol. Quoted by Helen Zelon in “Choosing to Be Kind,” Reader’s Digest, October, 2001, from Family Circle.

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