Friday, July 13, 2012
Feeling a little nice today?
Doing something for someone else alters brain chemistry—it feels good and it’s good for your health. It releases the chemical oxytocin—just like snuggling a dog.
Now, you know I am not a gooey positive thinker type. I don’t even think there is a glass—much less that’s it’s half full, unless it's half-full of poison or something really expensive.
But I have been known to do little things for people—but these only count if you don’t tell people. Ooops.
Good Housekeeping had a few such ideas. One was take a bouquet to the hospital—the nurses can give it to someone without flowers.
Know someone who’s broke—buy them a summer pool pass.
Let cars merge ahead of you for one month, then another month.
Put a sticky note in a public bathroom reading: You Look Gorgeous!
See a soldier dining alone—pay the check.
Become an organ donor on your license.
Fill out comment cards—praise employees. (My kid did this once about a nurse in the ER and they gave the nurse an award for it!)
Talk to a wallflower at a party.
A friend of mine from college is sending me back little notes I sent him 40 yrs ago. I am touched he saved them. And it’s fun to see what I was up to.