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.
“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
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