Contrary to conventional wisdom that humans are all self-seeking, scientists are finding increased evidence that our body-brain is built for generosity. “Kindness changes the brain, impacts the heart and immune system, and may even be an antidote to depression,” says former scientist, PhD David Hamilton, author of Why Kindness is Good for You.
So, while there is truth that we, humankind, are capable of selfishness and competitiveness that is not the whole story. Scenarios are not always so clear-cut as we would like to believe. Cruelty and chaos make the headlines precisely because it is what sells – it fosters fear and advances agendas often far removed from the one you hold for yourself. And, while there may appear to be a world of crisis swirling around us, there is still kindness within us. Tapping into authentic kindness you open the portal to a world of untapped human potential and adventure.
The Altruistic Body-Brain
Designed to be kind is the embodiment of selfless concern for the well-being of the whole. Its purpose and its power dispel feelings of fear, self-doubt, and insecurity. In the presence of kindness, humankind finds it easier to trust the healing process, own their journey, and cultivate the more positive mental-emotional-spiritual states that lead to higher human function.
- is the starting point of so many other positive human character strengths (patience, forgiveness, honesty, consistency, generosity…)
- generates a spirit of friendship in which there is less need for people to hide what they feel or what they are doing.
- is grounding.
- is a compelling and encouraging approach.
- invites the safe presence of vulnerability.
According to James R. Doty, MD, a physician specializing in neurosurgery – Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford School of Medicine; Director, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education states, “true healing requires more than just medicine and treatment.” In his article Why Kindness Heals he reveals that a, “new body of evidence spanning psychology, neuroscience, and even economics reveals that as a species our default mode is not one of self-centeredness but that we are wired to connect and when we connect our physiology improves for the better.” In the presence of authentic kindness, we are less likely to develop illness and when we do experience illness, they clear up faster.