Feeling Blue? Feeling depressed? Do you find that you carry a heaviness around your heart every where you go? The answer may be simpler and more beautiful than you could have ever imagined.
According to a growing body of research, doing good things for others can serve as an effective treatment for depression. In a study conducted by behavioral psychologist David McClelland, even so much as witnessing acts of kindness can boost your immunity and overall sense of well-being. The reason for this is because kindness is contagious. According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, kind acts between people will spread like wild-fire. And that’s a fact.
It kind of makes you wonder, what would happen if just half of the people on this planet decided to do something kind for someone today.
And just in case you’re running empty on kind ideas, here are some great suggestions to get you started:
- Give a lottery ticket to a stranger.
- Buy the coffee order of the person behind you in line.
- Give another driver your parking spot (enjoy the baffled expression on their face).
- Randomly mail a letter to someone telling them how amazing you think they are.
- Put a quarter in a stranger’s expired parking meter.
- Volunteer at a nursing home. Spend time with an elderly person. Remember how lonely this time in life can be.
- Become a mentor. There are amazing organizations such as Big Brother and Sister, that give at-risk youth the opportunity to find the guidance and love they need in life.
- Give your seat to an elderly person on the bus, or to a mother that has her hands full.