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Kindness makes you happy and happiness makes you kind. The statistics are clear: studies conclude that doing acts of kindness and volunteering makes you healthier. Alan Luke documented his study that concluded that a clear cause-and-effect relationship existed between helping and good health. Helping contributes to the maintenance of good health and it can decrease the psychological and physical effect of diseases and disorders (serious and minor). Performing kind acts reverses feelings of depression and provides a social connection. It also reduces feelings of hostility and isolation that can cause conditions such as stress, overeating and ulcers. These are only a few of the findings. When we do kind acts and help out others, it is beneficial and healthy for our lives. Actually, this reveals what God already knew. When we volunteer and do intentional acts of kindness, we’ll be healthier spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. So as we go through our days, let’s practice kindness whenever and wherever we can.
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Published on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 @ 2:34 PM CDT
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