Random Acts of Kindness Make You Happier & Healthier: 8 Good Deeds to Try Today by Harry Hoover
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.
- Write notes to deployed military members through Operation Gratitude.
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