Want To Brighten Up YOUR Day?
The biggest misconception we face in today’s world is that happiness comes from getting or having, when nothing could be farther from the truth. Happiness comes from giving – that said someone still needs to graciously receive for this all to happen, but if you take a minute to slow down and look around, you’ll see that there are plenty of people in a position to graciously receive your act of kindness.
Another interesting component here is that these acts of kindness don’t need to be an act with enormous impact, a simple smile will do the trick in many cases.
In any case in the article written below by Katy McColl she outlines 50 ways in which you might consider giving your day a positive boost!
50 Simple Acts of Kindness
Winston Churchill famously said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Here are 50 easy, affordable ways to give — and get — joy.
By Katy McColl
With all due respect to karma, a lifetime’s an awfully long time to wait to have your best intentions rewarded with a shiny gold star. Luckily, you don’t have to wait: The benefits of charity and compassion are powerful and immediate. You’ve seen it on the bus, when someone offers his or her seat to an elderly person: The generous person feels noble, the elderly person beams with gratitude, and even spectators feel like cheering inside just from having witnessed a simple act of kindness. As it turns out, the effects of those experiences aren’t just psychological. Those who study the science of do-gooding have discovered that performing (or even just imagining performing) a good deed has major physiological benefits — for the giver, not just the recipient. Naturally, we don’t behave in benevolent ways to benefit from our actions…but just between us, the side effects are awesome.
David R. Hamilton, Ph.D., is a chemist who left a career developing cardiac and cancer drugs to do research that led to studying the health benefits of kindness and happiness. Hamilton says that performing a kind act releases oxytocin — the same brain chemical that surges when you hold your baby or snuggle a dog — which also temporarily lowers blood pressure. “Kindness is literally good for your heart,” explains Hamilton.
Nearly a hundred years ago, aviator Amelia Earhart observed, “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” Her inspiring words were borne out by the results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed how a single altruistic kidney donation set off a domino effect, resulting in 10 successive transplants.
Perhaps because tough economic times bring out our neighborly compassion — or because it’s an idea that never went away — suddenly kindness feels like it’s all around us and more important than ever. Right now, there’s a Chicago man performing an act of kindness every day, and blogging about it (at 366randomacts.org),to set a good example for his daughter — sometimes it’s as simple as scrubbing the house from top to bottom, which made his wife break down in tears. There’s a woman who rings strangers’ doorbells and leaves sunflowers on their stoops (kindnessgirl.com); she also scrawls first-day-of-school sidewalk messages that say, “Don’t be shy, we’re all new friends!” And there’s a coffee shop in South Carolina where ordinary customers regularly hand over $100 bills with instructions that the cash be used to pay for other customers’ coffee until the money runs out. Look closely and you’ll see the generosity of everyday people everywhere. All we have to do to change our own lives is pass it on.
1. Leave a bouquet at the hospital — the nurses will know who needs it the most.
2. Make a struggling family’s summer by buying them a season pass to the municipal pool.
3. Help a friend see today in a wondrous new light: Hand him or her a kaleidoscope.
4. If you are in a long line, invite the person behind you to go first…
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