An article from the Huffington Post titled, “5 Beneficial Side Effects of Kindness” goes through a list of reasons how by just being nice to someone you can expect certain outcomes or “side effects” to be produced. In the article Dr. David R Hamilton stated that just by being kind to someone or by doing something kind for someone you can expect to see 5 positive side effects.
1) Kindness makes us happier.
2) Kindness gives us healthier hearts.
3) Kindness slows aging.
4) Kindness makes for better relationships.
5) Kindness is contagious.
In the article he explains more thoroughly why the above positive effects take place but we want to pose the question that if this is true then does that mean that Hating which is definitely not nice or healthy for anyone to do, actually have negative side effects. If so what would these side effects be. Although we have no PhD we feel as if we are the subject matter experts in the field so we will attempt to give our take on what those negative effects my be.
1) Hating makes you grumpy.
Most haters see something about you that they don’t like because they themselves aren’t able to achieve or do whatever that is. the good feeling we get when we do something nice is due to elevated levels of the brain’s natural versions of morphine and heroin, called endogenous opioids. They cause elevated levels of dopamine in the brain, so we get a natural high called a “Helper’s High.” Contrairily the absence of this creates a “Haters Low” because no endogenous opioids are being produced.
2) Hating gives you a unhealthy heart.
Individuals who always have a negative view of life and others tend to be less happy and therefore produce less oxytocin in the brain and throughout the body, causing the release of a chemical called nitric oxide in blood vessels, causing them to dilate and expand. (we did our research)
3) Hating speeds up aging.
Based of of Dr. Hamilton’s article, aging on a biochemical level is a combination of many things, but two major influences are free radicals and inflammation, both of which result from making unhealthy lifestyle choices. Research now shows that oxytocin reduces levels of free radicals and inflammation in the cardiovascular system and thus slows aging at its source. So if you aren’t receiving these extra boost then you are actually shortening your life!
4) Hating makes for worse relationships.
People who hate are constantly reminded of what they don’t have and by doing so don’t appreciate what they do. This makes them resent the things in their lives that they should be appreciating and take them for granted. A hater is never satisfied.
5) Hating is contagious.
The only similarity that isn’t an antonym of Kindness is the fact that hating is also contagious. Although we can give you a list of negatives that accompany hating, people will still do it. The reason is more than likely a testament to the old saying, “misery loves company” and therefore those that aren’t happy find strength in those who also are not happy.
Taking all of this in to account we hope that you can now give your haters a real reason based off of sound scientific study to Stop All That Damn Hating!