Remember the golden rule? “Treat others as you want to be treated.” Turns out that being kind to others not only positively impacts the recipient, but has direct benefits on our own health and happiness. Studies have shown that building a strong social fabric is at least as important as avoiding smoking and obesity, when it comes to staying both physically and mentally healthy. However, maintaining these connections is something with which society struggles. As a result, our social progress and overall well-being is suffering. According to the World Happiness Report, the United States — despite being in the top 10 of wealthiest countries in the world — comes in at #15.
Take Control of Your Happiness
Hold a 1-Minute Gratitude Session, Daily
A grateful person is a joyous person who can bring light to others. By conscientiously acknowledging what you have to be grateful for each day, you will change your perspective on the world around you. These gratitude prompts can be helpful in facilitating the right mindset for kindness. Or, try silently repeating the following mantra:
I am grateful for my family and friends,
a job to earn my keep, the health to do it,
opportunities and lessons I’ve learned.
Let me never lose sight of the simple blessings
that form the fabric and foundation of my life.
I am blessed, yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Practice the Kindness & Compassion Meditation
How to do it: Close your eyes and begin to breathe slowly, focusing on your inhales and exhales. Silently repeat to yourself, “Be happy, Be healthy, Be easy,” for 1 to 2 minutes. Next, extend this mantra to someone you love for 1 to 2 minutes. Then, think of someone you might need to forgive, and repeat it for another 1 to 2 minutes. Lastly, extend these words to your entire community, expanding to those whom you don’t even know for 1 to 2 minutes.
Form a Positive Relationship with Do-Gooders
Our associations are powerful influencers in determining who we evolve to be, what we accomplish in life and how we view the world. By aligning with those who inspire us, we will aspire to become better people. One way to accomplish this is to seek out organizations that can effectively make a difference in the world. There are many, so take the time to find one whose mission is in line with your views on how to bring positive change to the world.
To make an immediate connection today, consider helping to unlock funds (from corporate donations, government and private grants) that ship medical supplies to those who are suffering and have little access to health care.
Your new relationship with Project HOPE will:
Send medicine and medical supplies into poverty zones around the world to save lives.
Deploy our expert volunteer doctors and nurses to poor regions to help people in need.
Respond to disasters and humanitarian crises around the world with medicine, medical supplies, volunteers and staff.
Train doctors, nurses and health workers in poor countries, so they can help their neighbors.
Coordinate with local resources in poor countries to build lasting solutions that fight disease.
Why I Give
See why humanitarians like you support Project HOPE to save lives around the world.
I’m careful about who I support, and I trust Project HOPE to always use my donations for the greatest good. This is a wonderful organization.
– Roberta Cuomo
I’m a doctor, and I learned about Project HOPE in medical school. It’s a wonderful organization that saves lives. That’s why I’m glad to give.
– Dr. Andrew J. Burger
I give every month as a HOPE Lifter. I just look for the reminders that Project HOPE is nice enough to send. It’s a convenient way to put my money where it will do a lot of good, and I like knowing that I’m giving back to help people who need it.