Kindness triggers something else in our brains as well: oxytocin and serotonin. Oxytocin, aka the love hormone, is the chemical that helps us develop social bonds and trust, and that fizzy little boost we get from it gives us confidence and makes us friendlier and more generous. While oxytocin is most commonly generated in more intimate moments (such as during sex and childbirth), it’s also released when we witness someone else doing a good deed.
Serotonin, 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 depression, 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 – yep – helping others.