Recent studies have revealed that being kind is good for our health. Compassionate acts of kindness actually affect the brain in the same way that our human needs for food, water, and sex do. It can make us live longer, and it also improves our over all well being. Compassion causes a chemical release of oxytocin which increases our feelings of closeness and comfort. When this hormone is released it’s affects include increases in empathy, closeness and trust. That is why it is frequently referred to as the “cuddle hormone”. It has the ability to reduce anxiety and increase our ability to perceive social cues, thus resulting in closer bonds. It can also decrease our sense of perceived threats. Though some might be concerned that their acts of compassion might be taken advantage of, Igor Cornelsen agrees that we get more out of giving compassion, than we get by receiving it.