Daily deeds to distribute happiness

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We all know that helping someone study or giving someone a compliment can make them smile, but did you know that it can improve your mental and physical health too? According to The Mental Health Foundation, doing a good deed for someone else can improve your mood, self-esteem, and overall happiness. The positive emotions from doing a good deed can also reduce stress, which boosts your immune system, which helps protect your body from diseases. Not only does giving to others do this, but according to The Mental Health Foundation, “Studies of older people show that those who give support to others live longer than those who don’t.”

If living longer and protecting your body from diseases isn’t enough to encourage you to do a good dead for someone else, then just remember that the smaller tasks are the most effective in improving your mood as well. If you focus too much on others needs it may negatively affect your health, but small tasks have been proven to not only improve your mood and mental health but your physical health as well.

Here are some things that you can do to make others, and yourself, smile:

  • Say “good morning” or “hello” to people when you pass by them
  • Give someone a compliment
  • Volunteer
  • Tutor
  • Surprise a family member by doing one of their chores for them
  • Buy someone flowers, chocolate, or any other small thing that you know that person would like
  • Give someone a piece of candy
  • Send a letter to your grandparents
  • Shovel snow for a neighbor
  • If someone is sitting alone, go talk to them
  • Hold the door for someone
  • Handwrite a letter to a friend
  • Just smile and be friendly towards others, according to NBC not only is a smile contagious like a yawn, but smiling can also make you happier and less stressed due to the dopamine and serotonin release it creates.
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