Kindness triggers something in our brains: oxytocin and serotonin.
Oxytocin1, aka the love hormone, is the chemical that helps us develop social bonds and trust, and that fizzy little boost we get gives us confidence and makes us friendlier and more generous. Oxytocin is generated through intimate moments, hugs, childbirth and breastfeeding. It’s also released when we witness someone else doing a good deed2.
Serotonin3, on the other hand, is the neurotransmitter responsible for stabilising our mood, happiness and wellbeing. If we’re low in serotonin, we’re more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression4, but a boost can help alleviate these symptoms and help you feel good. Natural ways to give your serotonin levels a kick include exposure to sunshine, exercise, and of course, helping others.