How Kindness Improves Health

Fuzzy Feeling

It's a truth universally acknowledged that doing something nice for someone else makes us feel good about ourselves. Like it or not, that’s often why people do altruistic things.

Health Benefits

But it is a lesser known fact that being kind to others is actually beneficial for our health. There is evidence for this welcome truth in a number of studies from across the globe.


Some studies show, for example, that volunteering correlates with a 24% lower risk of early death. That’s the same effect as eating six or more portions of fruit and veggies every day.

Correlation vs. Causation

Correlation does not necessarily mean causation, of course, and it is also true that people who are healthy are more likely to volunteer.


However, scientists are aware of that bias and they control for that when conducting experiments to explore the impact of volunteering on health.

Tutoring Experiment

In one randomized experiment in Canada, one group of high school students began tutoring younger children while another group was put on a waiting list to do the same.

10 Ways To Help Your Body Detoxify Itself Naturally