Typically acts of kindness are associated with emotional well-being. Physician and Scientist, David Hamilton, reports that through the emotional stimulus you get from an act of kindness you produce the hormone oxytocin in the brain and throughout the body. He says this plays a significant role in the cardiovascular system by lowering blood pressure and protecting the heart. It’s good to do well, a win-win for all.
Every child in my daughter’s school (Broomfield, Colorado) received a copy of the book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud. The book proposes the simple concept of “filling a bucket”, aka doing an act of kindness, love, or appreciation. The book says we all have an imaginary bucket. When someone does something nice for us, they put something in our bucket. When someone does something unkind, they dip into our bucket. Such a basic concept, but at first I wasn’t so sure how this would resonate with a young child. But after reading the book with her a few times, and then calling out examples in everyday life, I was amazed at how the concept clicked with her so much more than comments like “that wasn’t nice” or a simple “don’t do that”. And I’m certain that when she recognizes an act of kindness from another as her “bucket being filled” instead of a comment from me like “that was nice”, she feels the effects much more.
For many of us that care for an aging loved one, we may struggle to find activities to keep them active and positive. A wonderful opportunity for all is to find a place to volunteer. Studies have shown that volunteers have lower rates of heart disease. The physical benefits are noteworthy, but the mental and emotional benefits far outweigh in my opinion. I have volunteered at a number of different places over the years and what always strikes me is how, even on a difficult day when I didn’t have much to give for one reason or another, I felt accomplished and proud after serving others.
Here’s to you having your bucket filled, and you filling a bucket every day!
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