Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 Focus: Performing a simple act of kindness can work wonders for the way I feel.

Research shows that a simple act of kindness can work wonders for the way you feel. Allan Luks, author of The Healing Power of Doing Good: The Health and Spiritual Benefits of Helping Others, surveyed more than 3,000 volunteers of all ages across the country, asking them how they felt after doing a good deed.

The results established that, after performing a kind act, most people feel a rush of euphoria, followed by a longer period of calm. Luks called this feeling “helper’s high,” and concluded that the initial rush of joy slowly gives way to long-lasting feelings of emotional well-being.

Even if you’re overstretched and don’t have time to do someone a favor, you can make people around you happy through simple gestures and words. Smile at the next person you see. Give someone a pat or a hug. Be generous with compliments. Say a kind word.

Excerpted from: How to Be Simply Happy by Shubhra Krishan.

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