A kindness a day keeps the doctor away

I am working on a speech about my blog and the mitzvah project. I remembered reading at some point in the past two years that doing acts of kindnesses actually improve your health.  Ironically, that same day my Wayne  Dyer calendar had an awesome comment on the subject. “Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved.”

Here’s the proof from the article I had read…

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation reports: “A number of scientific studies show that Acts of Kindness result in significant health benefits, both physical and mental, for those who perform them.”

Among the benefits summarized at the Foundation web site, drawn from the research of Allan Luks and documented in his 1991 book, The Healing Power of Doing Good are:

  • Helping others brings a rush of euphoria, followed by a longer period of calm.
  • Kind acts reduce stress.
  • Helping others can enhance joyfulness, emotional resilience, and vigor.
  • Kind acts increase the sense of self worth, happiness, and optimism.

So I guess this mitzvah idea has hidden benefits I didn’t even realize when I started!

Here are some mitzvahs for this past week.

872) Gave a colleague money for a trip she was taking. I have mentioned this idea in the past. When you know someone taking a trip and you give them some money to give away for charity once they get to their destination it helps assure their safety on their travel.

873) Volunteered for a school meeting.

874) Sent a note to someone for a job well done.

875) Picked up trash while I took my walk through our neighborhood. Their was plenty after the snow has melted. I actually threw the trash away in various neighbors trash cans that were still out on the street. I wondered if anyone would be angry to see me putting trash (not theirs into their cans.) I hope not. I don’t think this is a problem but I guess you never know.

876) Saw a man get up and leave a manilla envelope behind. Followed him and gave it to him.

877) Helped a grandma at the supermarket with her basket.

878) Volunteered to clean up after the Gingerbread House project was over at school.

879) Complimented the produce man at our supermarket on his hat.

880) Heard a compliment about one of my  business partners and past it along to her.

Received a few mitzvahs too this week. When I pulled in to drop off our babysitter last night her mom came out to tell me I had a front head light out, I had gotten a call the day before as well from a client of mine who past me on the road near my house letting me know the same thing. I will be at the service station first thing Monday morning but was so grateful for the concern these two people shared with me.  Received an awesome thank you note that made me feel so good. Also, got an email from another school parent. She complimented me on some skills she felt she struggles with that I possess. She is fabulous in so many ways so I let her know that too when I thanked her for her email.

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4 thoughts on “A kindness a day keeps the doctor away”

  1. I am a volunteer at Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK), http://www.raogk.org/ and have found it to be rewarding when I can help someone. In turn, I have been helped by volunteers.

    Kindnesses are extremely rewarding, and in a sense, can become addictive, in a positive manner. Wanting to do good is part of the scheme of kindness.

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