Brewing Gratitude Part 4: Do An Act Of Service For The Common Good

Alyson Swihart Brew Your Best Life Brewing Wellness Doing The Work

Acts of Service (aka Random Act of Kindness) is the ultimate act that gets me outside of myself.  Doing something for the greater good ALWAYS helps me 'brew-up' gratitude.

It could be buying groceries for my next door neighbor, writing a letter to someone, donating soap, picking up trash on the side walk etc. Not only does the recipient feel good, but I do too.

Researchers have actually found that it does more that bring a smile to your face, check out these fact that Random Acts of Kindness Foundation put together:

  •  A group of highly anxious individuals performed at least six acts of kindness a week. After one month, there was a significant increase in positive moods, relationship satisfaction and a decrease in social avoidance in socially anxious individuals. University of British Columbia Study
  • Committing acts of kindness lowers blood pressure. According to Dr. David R. Hamilton, acts of kindness create emotional warmth, which releases a hormone known as oxytocin. Oxytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide, which dilates the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure and, therefore, oxytocin is known as a “cardioprotective” hormone. It protects the heart by lowering blood pressure.

Pretty cool huh?  What acts of service are you brewing up?



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