Ridiculously Simple Steps To Transform Your Health (and Life) : Step Fifteen

by Chiropractors Brighton on November 23, 2009

Kindness

Random Act of Kindness

George Washington Carver

For those people who have been following our Ridiculously Simple Steps To Transform Your Health (and Life), it probably has not escaped your notice that much of what has been written about in previous steps has focussed on things we simply cannot buy, trade or sell, but nonetheless, have a profound affect on our health and general wellbeing. There are many forces in this world that simply cannot be seen, and although invisible, the effect of these forces is considerable. This week we focus on another powerful force that will bring joy to your day and improve your health in the process. This is the priceless act of practising random acts of kindness and senseless beauty, otherwise known as creating warm fuzzies! A warm fuzzy is the warm, pleasant sensations you feel in your stomach and heart when you are emotionally moved by an act of goodwill or love. It is the feeling you get when you perform, or are the subject of, a random act of kindness.

You may be thinking how does practising random acts of kindness and senseless beauty affect our health and why would anyone adopt this kind of attitude towards another, and why should we anyway? First of all no-one should do anything, but we could, and if we did, we may well be surprised at the outcome.

In their book The Healing Power of Doing Good” Allan Luks and Peggy Payne reaffirm and explain that when we care for others we care for ourselves. Conventional wisdom has always held that when we help others we automatically become a beneficiary too. It is part of the law of the universe – what goes around, comes around. In this book it mentions how one’s physical health, not just emotional well-being, is improved, through helping others. It speaks about “helper’s high,” something akin to the phenomenon which runners experience from the release of endorphins. Actual accounts of how individuals have been healed through helping, run throughout the book. There is also now, widely discussed research which shows that helping others, produces significant health benefits. The effects are similar to those experienced when we exercise.

There are many opportunities during each and every day to perform a random act of kindness to a stranger or anonymously to a friend or family member and there are MILLIONS of different ways to do this. It could also cause another to think of doing likewise, and in so doing create a chain of events. The festive season creates the perfect opportunity to introduce this week’s Ridiculously Simple Step To Transform Your Health (and Life) and in so doing it may also transform the life of another. We know for certain that they will benefit and so will you..

Some ideas to get you started are listed below:

Give someone a compliment, say thank you or send a hand written thank you note, be attentive – there is nothing more flattering than being given present time consciousness, carry someone’s bag, offer hope and encouragement to someone who has lost it, give a hug, pick up litter, forgive someone, smile (always), lend a helping hand. We all have the privilege of making a positive difference in the world and in doing so benefit ourselves. It is such an awesome thought that we are designed to be healthy and even within the experience of giving (with no strings attached) there is an opportunity to add to our own health bank. Do we need any further reason to take this week’s Ridiculously Simple Step To Transform Your Health (and Life) – remember you will also participate in helping to transform the world around you.

http://www.actsofkindness.org

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – author unknown

Your comments and suggestions are invited on this blog post.  Thankyou.

Dr Richard McMinn Chiropractor Hove

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Jeremy November 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Great article Karen. Makes me inspired to go and help others.

Rita November 23, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Thank you for this suggestion – it is so easy to do and takes very little effort but reaps such huge reward. Both sides win so how can we lose.

Chiropractors Brighton November 24, 2009 at 7:30 am

Hi Jez, we get so much more than we give when we do things from out hearts.
Kx

Chiropractors Brighton November 24, 2009 at 7:32 am

Hi Rita,
Yes, life is about being mindful and in the moment. We let so many opportunities slip by that would help another and enrich out day at the same time. I have found the secret is not to be in a rush!!
Love Kx

John Kuipers November 25, 2009 at 10:23 am

I wasn’t sure whether to write this but I have been following these suggestions for some time now. When I come across a family or person struggling to make ends meet and they need their equipment repaired I will often do it at half price or occasionally at no charge in exchange for a sandwich or a meal. You’re right it does give me a good feeling helping people out and both sides are happy.

Chiropractors Brighton November 25, 2009 at 11:56 am

Hi John, Think of all the deposits you are making in your personal health bank!! Brilliant stuff.
Kx

charleston chiropractor November 27, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Great post… truly there is nothing that makes you feel better than making somebody else truly happy. Well you have to do it for unselfish reasons, which most people do… but seriously it is top two on greatest feelings ever.

Anytime you can feel that good, you know that you are seeing some really positive benefits from it. Not to mention I truly believe that what you put out to other people will come back to you… a nice added bonus. Great post again I really enjoyed reading it.

Chiropractors Brighton November 27, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Thankyou CharlestonChiropractor – such a simple way to add value to someone elses day and as a result you are a winner too!

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