to give is to truly live

My work team went in together this month to give presents to a family in need who works at our hospital. I bought something that was a little hard for me to afford but it has made me feel so good all month. I didn’t tell my husband, my kids, or any friends. It just felt good to give.

Today, a lady had stalled on the way to work in the middle of the road. I’m sure you can relate. That horrible feeling of everyone looking at you, irritated with you and your rotten car. A Chapel Hill policeman was trying to get someone to help and in order to navigate the traffic, he couldn’t get in front of her to jump the car off. He knocked on my window and said no one will stop, will you turn around in front of her car so I can jump it and get this traffic moving? Absolutely I said.

All day, I have felt good that I stopped to help. I was 20 minutes late to work and that is really no big deal in the great scheme of things. I feel like the “universe” is talking to me about giving a lot lately. This week’s staff meeting consisted of teaching on resilience and we were guided to watch this video:  The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Gratitude. Soul pancake is a website created by Rainn Wilson of “Dwight” The Office fame. It’s a great website you should follow.

Resilience is a function of your ability to cope, and the ability of resources related to health and well-being, as defined by Michael Unger.  We were given some tasks to increase our resilience and Three Good Things was one of them. Each day, you write down three things that are good in your life. It can be big or small. In a study group done by Duke University, the people who practiced this simple task regularly were 50% happier. That’s impressive.

To enroll in the Duke Patient Safety Center Three Good Things research that will get you a daily reminder to record your 3 good things use this link: see Three Good Things on the left side of the page, then select your desired time period.  There is a consent, there is a survey at the beginning and I can’t remember if your asked to complete a survey at the end of 2 wks. or 6 months later.  Worth the time of the survey for the help staying on track for 2 wks. Love, Kathryn (the “Haute Angel”)

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