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.

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