Random Acts of Kindness Make You Happier & Healthier: 8 Good Deeds to Try Today! by Harry Hoover

10 months ago
Random Acts of Kindness Make You Happier & Healthier: 8 Good Deeds to Try Today!

Earth’s major religions have been telling us for eons that doing good deeds is as good for us as for the people receiving the beneficence. Scientific studies now are supporting this view. 

Basically, humans are chemistry experiments, who do things primarily because of the neurotransmitters we produce, like dopamine and serotonin. Both have been linked to happiness and other personality traits. Numerous studies show that helping others does everything from lowering blood pressure to increasing feelings of well-being. We can – and should – perform random acts of kindness daily to increase our happiness, such as:

  • If your parents are still living, call them. Right now.
  • Take a friend’s favorite quote or lyric, turn it into an image and give it to her.
  • Had a good retail or restaurant experience? Compliment the worker to his boss.
  • Buy coffee for the person behind you in the coffee shop.
  • Rake leaves for a neighbor.
  • Help someone load their groceries.
  • Offer to keep a neighbor’s kids so the parents can have a night out.

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Renee Herren
I love all of these ideas! Thank you for sharing!
Terri Jones
I love this! Once at Trader Joe's, I forgot my credit card and didn't have enough cash to pay my whole bill. The person behind me in line picked up the couple of bucks that I owed. I will never forget that!
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
This is beautiful, Harry Hoover . My favorite act of kindness to do is helping out at soup kitchens or otherwise preparing meals and items for those in need. Somehow, the making of food and toiletry kits, etc., makes me feel like I'm really making a difference. But these random acts of kindness make it even easier to touch someone's life and make it brighter. Many thanks for sharing ways we can light up our corners of the world!
Michael Kennedy
This is great Harry, I try to do this regularly, and will share this with my kids, especially the Operation Gratitude!

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