Check out this inspirational video my daughter's teacher shared with me.
As you know, one of the primary goals of this site is to provide you with ideas on things you can do to improve your health. Well, here is an idea you may have never heard of.
Did you know that altruistic actions (giving, kindness, etc.) have been shown to have a positive effect on the health of the individuals who are performing the actions? Arianna Huffington, in her book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being (which I highly recommend), references a few findings including:
Another study found that of individuals who participated in employee volunteer programs:
Is this a great deal or what? Helping someone else out not only has benefits for the receiver, but also for the giver!
This week I encourage you to try it out. Go out of your way at least once in the next seven days (or if you are really ambitious, once per day) to do something nice for someone else. Then, after the task is complete, take a moment to pause and observe how it makes you feel. Are you happier? Do you have more energy?
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder & President
Smart Health, Wellness, & Performance, Inc.