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Kindness rewires our minds for greater health.

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1. Kindness rewires the vagus nerve in our minds for greater health:

“The biggest news is that we’re able to change something physical about people’s health by increasing their daily diet of positive emotion, and that helps us get at a long-standing mystery of how our emotional and social experience affects our physical health,” says researcher and author Barbara Fredrickson. The change only occurred in practitioners who became happier and felt more socially connected; for those who practiced just as much but didn’t report feeling any closer to others, there was no change in the tone of the vagal nerve. “We find that the active ingredients are two psychological variables: positive emotion and the feeling of positive social connection.”

Childhood well-being and kindness are top predictors of adult #happiness. The least important predictor? Academic success.


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