The short answer is yes, and I will tell you why in a minute, but did you know that compassion can also save your health as well?
Compassion isn’t just good for the soul, it is good for the body. You don’t have to believe me either. Here are 5 ways compassion can be beneficial to your health:
- Compassion is a buffer against stress
- It lowers inflammation levels in the body
- It broadens your perspective of life beyond yourself which decreases depression
- It increases a sense of connectedness with others
- It elevates the pleasure centers of the brain far more than spending money
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By shifting the focus away from yourself and shedding light on someone else’s needs, your brain releases mood enhancing chemicals that can lower inflammation and pull you out of depression, anxiety, and even decrease your pain level.
Compassion is something we all should be cultivating as a regular practice in our life. When we pay it forward, not only do we feel better, but the whole world gets better because we create a positive, giving environment.
Now comes the part where you can put this concept into practice and see how you can change the world while experiencing the health and wellness benefits for yourself.
A couple of weeks ago I got a call from a woman in New Mexico. She works with the Indian Nation on a reservation to eradicate diabetes, the #1 killer of American Indians. She read my book and spoke about how it fully aligns with what she is teaching. It also aligns with the Nations beliefs of interconnectedness between mind, body and spirit. She, the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine and the Gallup Indian Medical Center would like to incorporate my book Wellness Warrior with the curriculum they teach. Interestingly enough, the group (primarily Navajo and Zuni) is called the Wellness Warrior Project (there was no association).
My goal is to give each member of the project a book to keep. There are 108 people that go through the program each year. At $17 per book (which includes tax and shipping), the total cost is $1836. I have started a crowdrise campaign to raise the money to buy the books. 100% of all donations go directly to buying and shipping books. My goal with this project is to educate, inspire, and show the Indian population that we care. They have already started the program so I need to send the first 90 to them as soon as I can.
I believe compassion CAN save the world. All it takes is a simple gesture and a little effort. If you would like to buy a book (or books), your compassion will go a long way to show someone that you are invested in making our home a better place to live. It will also make you better physically in the process. The more we perpetuate giving, the better off we all are.
Random acts of kindness change your energy, the receivers energy, and the energy of the whole world. Do something selfless for someone today, and every day after that. It doesn’t have to be a big deal either. A friendly smile, listening when someone is hurting, helping out where ever you see a need can make all the difference in another persons day. The effort you put out will be received with love and returned at some point. Your body and mind will thank you for doing it as well.