I want to explain how some acts of compassion might contribute to mental health improvement. I want to share a few of the random acts of kindness that I saw in Morgan County with you.
One day it was pouring rain as I was leaving Lowe's. She was going to enter the store when I ran into a woman who had an umbrella over her head. She handed me hers when she saw that I was without one and demanded that I take it even though she could have easily bought another one. I told her that my pickup was nearby and thanked her profusely for her thoughtfulness and good act.
The young woman at the deli in Ingles was so patient and had such a big smile on her face that she said, "Ma'am, it's going to be all right," and took my order even though I was distracted and had a lot on my mind. My thoughts had been replaced by her smile and friendliness by the time I left, and I couldn't even recall them.
The ladies working that morning at Regions Bank were all in such a cheerful mood when I went by that even if they hadn't said a word, their smiles would have been enough to be noticed as an act of kindness.
One act of kindness has been demonstrated to lengthen life, and kindness itself has the power to make or break a person's day. It also has a positive impact on our happiness, disposition, and view of life. This one straightforward action has the potential to have positive ripple effects for the entire neighborhood.
It might be challenging to keep deeds of kindness at the forefront of our daily lives when we all have so much going on in our lives and we are not thinking clearly, especially with the past pandemic and the current rising one. I'm hoping this essay will help you keep in mind that being kind is free and does not harm anyone.
A grin can only be beneficial to both the recipient and the one making the gesture. Wearing a smile is one of the cheapest facelifts you can get, and as The Cleveland Clinic points out, it also has other amazing benefits like reducing wrinkles.
The next time you have to visit someone in Morgan County, please give a big thank you to our teachers, staff, medical professionals, dental assistants, chiropractors, police officers, sheriffs, firefighters, courthouse, pastors, restaurants, banks, gyms, and any other establishments you can think of that may not have been mentioned. The list might go on forever.
Sending a handwritten note, calling a sick friend, offering to pick up groceries for the elderly, praising someone, encouraging someone, telling your family you love them, making someone laugh, helping your parents with chores, offering to cook a meal for someone in need, letting another driver merge into your lane, or just saying good morning when passing someone are all other examples of small acts of kindness. These deeds of kindness are quite basic.
We used to recite a short poem when I was a little girl, maybe around the age of ten, and I can still remember it. It read, "Help make Earth Happy, Like Heaven Above, with a few kind deeds and words of love." Jesus commanded us to "love one another as I have loved you," so be kind and smile at someone today. Both of you and them will feel and look better.
Have a good day and don't forget to show others kindness!
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