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   goodfinding.com         W.G. DeFoore, Ph.D.  March 2006 Vol 1 Issue 7   


 The Incredible Power of One Nice Thing


Never underestimate the power of doing one nice thing. It may seem like a drop in the proverbial bucket, but that's how buckets get filled. Go to DoOneNiceThing.com to get ideas about what you can do, and to learn about what others are doing. You may be able to make a huge difference in someone's life, and at the very least you will be helping your own health. For example, how often do you feel and/or express frustration?

Take a look at this graph produced from research by HeartMath Institute  to see how expressing appreciation is so much better for your heart. The top graph shows the heart rate of a person expressing frustration, and the lower one shows the heart rate of someone expressing appreciation.You will automatically feel and most likely express more appreciation, just by doing one nice thing today!
 

By the way, if you don't already know this, it takes a lot of strength and courage to be kind. The word "courage" has some of the same root meanings as "heart" and "cardio," showing us the connection with our health. For more on this topic, read here about the Courage of Kindness.

 Want Some Good News Every Day?


Go to HappyNews.com and sign up for a free daily email news program. It is highly informative and comprehensive, covering mainstream news and human interest items. The only information you will find missing is the stuff that will scare you, make you angry, and otherwise drive your blood pressure up. On their home page, you will find endorsements by The Washington Post, NPR and The Dallas Morning News. For your health and happiness, consider making this and other similar programs your source of daily news. Then when you are feeling strong and healthy, take a selective look at the rest of the picture--you know where to go for that. GOODFINDING does not mean ignoring anything, it means choosing to focus primarily on the good, in yourself and the world around you. It means looking at the big picture, which you will find has a lot more right than wrong with it.

 Think With Your Heart


Accurate perception is far more than logical deduction. When the head and heart work together as they were designed to do, we begin to perceive accurately and access the incredibly deep and ancient wisdom that each of us possesses naturally. According to researcher Stephen Harrod Buhner, "The heart can act as a 'mind' or an organ of perception because approximately 60 percent of heart cells are neural cells, which function similarly to those in the brain." You will find his full article entitled, "The Heart as an Organ of Perception" in the April, 2006 issue of Spirituality and Health magazine. Citing research from Heart Math Institute and Harvard University, Buhner points out how "thinking with your heart" can enhance emotional awareness, healing processes and feelings of connection in relationships. Gary Schwartz with the University of Arizona, and Linda Russek of the Heart Science Foundation report in the article that, "The heart has direct connections to specific centers of the brain and these connections create a direct, unmediated flow of information from the heart." So apparently, our hearts and heads are communicating all of the time anyway. By practicing GOODFINDING, you will be sending positive messages to your heart, which apparently it likes much better than negative ones (see above graph).

 Laugh Your Way to Great Health!


Did you know that a good belly laugh triggers:

  • an increased number and activity of natural killer cells that attack viruses and some types of cancer and tumor cells
  • an increase in activated T-cells
  • an increase in the antibody IgA, which fights upper respiratory insults and infections
  • an increase in gamma interferon, which tells the immune system to go into action, and
  • a decrease in stress hormones?

This information is reported by Joan Conrow in an article entitled, "This Hospital has a Laugh Track" which you can read in its entirety here. Professionals at the Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu find that when patients and staff are watching comedy channels and laughing together, there is less physical discomfort and fewer requests for pain medication.

Do you have difficulty finding anything to laugh about? Fortunately, laughter is contagious. Click here to catch some chuckles now! You can also learn about a program for enhancing your laughter muscle here.

  Quotes from Great Goodfinders 


"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
-- Henry David Thoreau

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members, ... a heart of grace and a soul generated by love."

--Coretta Scott King


 

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