Saturday, May 10, 2014

Why Doing Good Is Good for Your Health (#Infographic)

Did you know that, way back in February, we celebrated Random Acts of Kindness week? Seems kind of silly to devote just one week to honoring the act of doing good. I mean, shouldn't it be a part of our everyday lives? The answer: Yes. The truth: We get so caught up in the hustle-bustle of daily activity that we forget about others. We forget to hold the door open as we rush into Starbucks, or we forget to bring a buck for the church donation basket. It happens, that's life, but guess what: Doing good is, well...good for your health!

According to the following infographic, "people who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains, better overall physical health and less depression." Whether or not that's a valid, scientific claim cannot be said for sure, but is there any risk in assuming acts of kindness return the favor? I mean, I'll hold the door open if there's even a slight chance my mood will shift.

Behold, 25 random acts of kindness worth trying out. Because even if doing good doesn't help your health, it goes a long way toward the happiness of someone else in need. That alone makes doing good worth it, right? So when you're out running errands today or doing whatever it is you do on a Saturday, try incorporating some of the following into your day.

Question: Have you ever been on the receiving end of a completely random act of kindness? Tell me what happened!

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