Humankindness is powerful medicine.
Healing can happen in many ways. One way is through the world-class medical and academic excellence that the health care professionals of St. Joseph Health are known for.
But there is another way.
Because you, too, hold the power to heal. We all do. An act of kindness, a moment of human connection, empathy for those who are hurt and vulnerable—all can have a tangible impact on the health of others. Less pain1. Lower blood pressure2. Faster recovery3. We see it happen every day.
While medicine has the ability to cure, it’s our shared humanity that holds the power to heal the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. We call this power humankindness. And we believe it’s capable of changing not just health care, but the world in which we live.
We are all caregivers at heart. Join us.
- Pavel Goldstein et al., “Brain-to-Brain Coupling During Handholding Is Associated with Pain Reduction,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115, no. 11 (2018): e2528–e2537.
- Angier, Natalie. “The Biology Behind the Milk of Human Kindness.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 23 Nov. 2009, www.nytimes.com/2009/11/24/science/24angier.html?_r=1.
- Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser et al., “Hostile Marital Interactions, Proinflammatory Cytokine Production, and Wound Healing,” Archives of General Psychiatry 62, no. 12 (2005): 1377–84.
Healing begins with human connection.
Humankindness has the power to change the world, and we start by championing the healer within each of us. Let us know the areas in which you could use some encouragement and support.