Science is proving what the sages and mystics have know for eons; when people open their hearts, in an act of compassion in action, everyone benefits, including the people giving of themselves. From a boost in positive neuropeptides to remarkable synchronicities, helping others has some remarkable consequences. The bottom line is that we make the world a better place, if only for one person, if only for one moment. And the world is only made up of moments. To give of ourselves selflessly is a noble act indeed. In doing so, the soul’s light shines bright. As the saying goes, in giving we receive. What makes random acts of kindness so special is that the anonymous act is one where nothing is expected in return. The gift is unconditional. An unconditional gift or gesture is the highest form of love.
Stress Tip for the Day:
Random acts of kindness are anonymous acts of generosity; true altruism. It might be handing a homeless person a dollar bill. It might be paying the toll for the person behind you on the highway. I could be simply smiling at someone behind the cash register who is having a bad day. There are many lonely people sitting in hospitals who by receiving a loving intention would be forever grateful. And if you need to think of someone specifically, I have a friend named Michael, who could use some prayers and healing energy with his prolonged hospital stay through the end of August. Thanks!
Links, Books and Movies Worth Noting:
My publisher, Conari Press, first published the book, Random Acts of Kindnessnearly 20 years ago. It’s a good a read now as it was when it first came out. Enjoy!
Quote for the Day:
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” — The Dalai Lama
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” —Philo
Photo for the Day:
This photo was taken last year while I was in the small village of Pienza, Italy, in the Tuscany region. This is the town where Franco Zephreilli filmed the now classic movie, Romeo & Juliet. Enjoy!
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 12 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (7e) and the newly released, A Beautiful World: The Earth Song Journals. He can be reached through his website: www.brianlukeseaward.net
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