And we’re back! Like I mentioned last week, I want to try and post about positive things I run into or read about, to help me/us remember there really are a ton of good things happening out there. And who knows, I might get some inspiration for my own stories (this IS an author blog, after all). So here we go, this week’s encouraging post!
Did you guys know there is a FOUNDATION centered around acts of kindness? I did not know this. It’s amazing the things you discover while doing random internet searches for topics for your blog. So I spent a little time puttering around the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s webpage, and they have some great stuff on there. Stories, blogs, tips for how to show simple acts of kindness in different scenarios, like to the elderly, your kids, online, etc. Might be worth a look for someone interested in finding fresh random acts of kindness ideas to try.
For this post, I’m just going to share my two favorite things on this site:
“Laughter should be listed as a super food. We know, it’s not a food, but it’s got the same number of benefits as all the super foods combined! It is SO GOOD for your health. Check out this list of health benefits:
1. Laughing relaxes your whole body. (well, once you’re done laughing…because, we’ve all laughed so hard it hurts)
2. Laughter relieves physical tension and stress.
3. A good belly laugh can boost your immune system. It decreases your stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. What?? Amazing.
4. When we laugh, we release endorphins. You know what those are, right? They are the ‘feel good’ chemicals our body produces when we…well.. feel good.
5. Laughing improves blood flow, thus protecting your heart from heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
6. You burn calories while you’re laughing. If you laugh 10-15 minutes a day, you can burn about 40 calories. That’s enough to lose a few pounds over the course of a year!
7. Laughing helps us live longer. Seriously, a study in Norway showed that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who didn’t laugh as often. We’re moving to Norway.
So, start telling jokes, watching cat videos on YouTube, or whatever makes you laugh!”
This is one of those things where you already knew it was good for you, but it’s super satisfying to see a little of the actual science behind it. 😀 As for my second favorite thing, here is a SUPER NEAT random act of kindness that anyone with a few bucks can do:
Stuffing money into the Redbox case before returning it to surprise the next renter = genius. I love stuff like this because you are basically being a Kindness Ninja. I don’t know about you, but I’m inspired to go out and be a bit of a Kindness Ninja somewhere today. Because evidence shows that when we show kindness to others, we can get just as much of a boost as they do!
If you’ve had someone do a random act of kindness for you, please share in the comments! It would totally make my day!