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Kindness helps your brain

Dr. Jim Denison is a cultural apologist who helps people respond biblically and redemptively to the vital issues of our day. He is also the co-founder and Chief Vision Officer of the Denison Forum, a Dallas-based nonprofit that comments on current issues through a biblical lens.

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Stanford professor Dr. James Doty has made a fascinating discovery: acts of kindness or compassion can have lasting positive impacts on our physical and mental health.

Dr. Doty’s research indicates that our nervous systems are more constantly in “threat mode” than ever due to the demands and high pace of modern life. In response, our bodies release inflammatory proteins that decrease our ability to fight illnesses.

By contrast, when we perform acts of kindness, our brains shift from threat mode and lessen the neuroendocrine reactions that are so damaging.

In fact, being kind and compassionate can actually slow down the aging process in some of the cells of our bodies.

God’s word also endorses the power of compassion.

Ephesians 4:32: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Compassion is not only good for those we serve and good for us—it is also vital to our witness.

The more we offer grace, the more we lead people to the God of grace.

Who will experience God’s love in your compassion today?