Lighting A Lamp For Somebody, Will Also Brighten Your Own Path – The Buddha

We often talk of doing something good for someone else, we often think of doing something good for someone else, but more often than not life just ‘gets in the way’.  Lets face it, we feel we have enough of our own problems to cope with.   We feel as if we have very little personal free time to enable us to commit ourselves to doing something outside of our regular ‘remit of life’.   “It’s hard enough fitting in some ‘me time’, let alone adding more commitments to my to-do list to stress me out even more” If we are honest, most of us have had this conversation inside our own heads.  Life can often feel like a constant struggle and we are here to enjoy ourselves, right?

Of course we are, and that’s the exact reason why today I decided, my remit needed to change.   This afternoon I signed up as a regular volunteer for a charity that helps women with cancer.  A charity that educates women that are undergoing radio or chemotherapy how to feel womanly and beautiful, despite their sometimes aggressive treatment.  Qualified therapists (like myself) attend workshops at local hospitals and teach patients skin care routines, product knowledge and make-up techniques to help them feel better about themselves on a physical and emotional level.  My own mother had breast cancer and I unfortunately lost my mum-in-law to cancer, so it’s a subject that’s very close to my heart.

Many scientific studies have demonstrated that acts of kindness towards others result in a strengthened immune system and increased serotonin levels for both the person receiving and the person extending kindness.  Serotonin is the chemical produced in the brain which contributes to feelings of calm and peace, it is commonly known as the happy hormone.  Bottom line is this, when we show unconditional kindness to others, it ultimately brings us happiness in return.  It is truly good for the soul.

I also strongly believe that volunteering to any kind of charity also helps to keep you incredibly grounded, it can act as a reminder of what is actually important in your life and what isn’t.  We tend to think our problems are the worst.  When we are feeling down, or have wandered into a spate of bad luck, in our little world we believe no one is suffering as we are.  That is until we are reminded of the truth.

Take a little time each week to consciously spread a little kindness in your world, no act of kindness is too small or ever wasted.   Take an elderly neighbour a few flowers picked from your garden,  offer a friend a lift even if it’s out of your way or like me,  find a charity you can spend just a few hours a month or just a few days a year offering your skills and time to help someone who truly needs that bubble of kindness in their lives.  Do it unconditionally, and with an open heart and before you know it that bubble of kindness will bounce back to you.

For more details of  Look Good Feel Better please visit their website http://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk

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