Boosting the striatum

“It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.”

What a beautiful quote. Being nice is the gift we all can give to someone. It’s not expensive to be nice to people; in fact it takes more work to be an asshole. We all have enough to give, no one has more or less of “niceness.” We have the same amount and can choose to use it properly, not properly or not use it at all.

In fact, deciding to be generous or cooperating with others activates an area of the brain called the striatum.The feel-good emotion from helping has been termed “warm glow” and the activity we see in the striatum is the likely biological basis of that feeling (The Conversation). Be nice to others and you are on your way to living a healthier and meaningful life. A wonderful read on kindness: Five reasons why being kind makes you feel good – according to science. Another Cosmopolitan article cited that being a nice person boosts your physical and mental health.

 

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