#RAKWEEK2017 (3)

(guest post by Chriseda Crow – Mom)

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Day three of Random Acts of Kindness Week 2017! Feeling good? Yes!

There are several side effects of kindness and they are all pretty awesome. Dr. David Hamilton explains them in a book and on his website but I have outlined a couple below.

1) Kindness Makes us Happier
When we do something kind for someone else, we feel good. On a spiritual level, many people feel that this is because it is the right thing to do and so we’re tapping into something deep and profound inside of us that says, ‘This is who I am.’

On a biochemical level, it is believed that the good feeling we get is due to elevated levels of the brain’s natural versions of morphine and heroin, which we know as endogenous opioids. They cause elevated levels of dopamine in the brain and so we get a natural high, often referred to as ‘Helper’s High’.

2) Kindness Is Good for the Heart
Acts of kindness are often accompanied by emotional warmth. Emotional warmth produces the hormone, oxytocin, in the brain and throughout the body. Of recent interest is its significant role in the cardiovascular system.

Oxytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide in blood vessels, which dilates (expands) the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure and therefore oxytocin is known as a ‘cardioprotective’ hormone because it protects the heart (by lowering blood pressure). The key is that acts kindness can produce oxytocin and therefore kindness can be said to be cardioprotective.

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#RAKWEEK2017 (2)

(guest post by Chriseda Crow – Mom)

Happy Valentine’s Day! On this day, love doesn’t have to be expressed only to those for whom you have a romantic interest. Let your friends know. Let your sibs know. Let yourself know. Let you fellow humans know with kindness. Today is the second day the RAKWEEK2017. Maybe you take your extra quarters to the coin laundry and preload a few washing machines for random strangers to happen upon. Chances are you make them feel lucky and put smiles on their faces.

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#RAKWEEK2017 (1)

(guest post by Chriseda Crow – Mom)

This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week 2017. I have found truth in Aesop’s words, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Alexis and I would like to encourage you to have on the tops of your minds and hearts this week ways that you can spread kindness. Give your smile away as much as you can. Responses will vary but I can guarantee your smile will have a positive effect on this world that we all share.

For more ideas on how to express kindness in ways that may not have occurred to you, check out the RAKWEEK2017 website. You don’t have to register to get some quick and easy ideas. Have fun with it.

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Thank You Thursday {13}

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Small Curious Boulder Boy

You are precious and I wish I could have squeezed you. It’ll be hard to forget the way that your big brown eyes lit up when you saw my chair. If I remember correctly, the color of my chair matched your rain boots. You had so many questions and I loved being able to answer them all. As your questions built so did your excitement until you were practically running in place.

“Can you still walk?”

“How fast does it go?”

“Can you show me?”

“What else does it do?”

“How tall can it go?”

“Can I ride?” (At this point, your dad looked slightly embarrassed and told you to thank me so that we could move on. I honestly wouldn’t have minded giving you a ride because your fascination absolutely made my day.)

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Small Curious Boulder Boy’s Dad

Thanks for not pulling him away when he started firing all of these questions at me. I know I’m not your average person and that you were probably worried about him offending me but I love being asked questions. You seemed somewhat uncomfortable but you let him carry on and I appreciate you sharing him with me. He is an absolute joy. I hope he doesn’t lose that thirst for knowledge. May you both be very happy.

 

Boulder Bus Drivers

Thank you for helping me to get into the bus and for making sure that I had enough space. I later found out that the reason why your lift seemed to groan under the weight of my chair is because my chair is incredibly heavy (575 lbs. with me in it, which is only 25 lbs. away from the maximum capacity of your lift.) I appreciate the work that you do and the general cheer you display.

Thank You Thursday {12}

As you know, at the end of last month I went to Colorado. I had the time of my life there! The places I saw and the people I met will stick with me forever. However, this trip would not have been possible if it weren’t for three very generous people.

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J&L W. and D.A.

Thank you. Thank you from the tops of the mountains and from the bottom of my heart. Without you, this trip would not have been possible. Not only did you provide a crucial upgrade to my mode of transportation (The Colonel – my chair’s name), but you gave me the most wonderful place to stay. The hotel suite was a dream that I could have lived in forever.  For some people a hotel can matter very little but seeing as I have to have rest days between adventures, where I stay really makes a difference. The suite was wheel chair accessible with so much room to get around.   D.A., those eleven days in Colorado were a montage of little smiles.

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Kyle and the Team at Wichita Falls Discount Tire

Thank you so much for staying open late to change and balance the tires on the trailer that hauled my power chair – AND FOR FREE! When we came in hoping to resolve the vibration for the long trip to Colorado, you told us where we could buy the trailer tires (that you didn’t stock) and took care of us after business hours when we returned. The kindness that you and your team showed us is humbling and inspiring.

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Thank You Thursday {11}

Retail Warriors
I went to the mall last Friday with Grandpa (this is how we typically spend our time together) and I was really astonished by something. I don’t know what it was exactly – whether it was the fact that I was in a power chair or my behavior or just the fact that they were awesome people – but in every shop that I went into, I was greeted and helped without trepidation. Regretfully, this isn’t entirely common. Most people would rather speak to my able bodied companion. So, I would like to give an enthusiastic Thank You to the adorable young woman from Icing. The charming young man from Lolly & Pops. The woman from JC Penney. And the fashionable young woman from Shi. You all helped me find exactly what I needed, provided incredible recommendations and adjusted to my needs. I felt not just like a “normal person” but like a princess. Thank you so much for giving my day an extra boost of wonderful.

Texas State Parks {Tyler & Isle du Bois}
Thank you for being so delightfully accessible. Maneuvering in your bathrooms is safe and sanitary. Bless you for this. I highly recommend that everybody should at least take a day camping trip in one of these locations. Apart from tidy facilities they are absolutely gorgeous. 10/10 would recommend.

Al
You are so freaking funny. Watching Pacific Rim with you was a treat. I love being able to speak with you because you are one of the funniest people I have had the pleasure of corresponding with. I look forward to sharing more movies with you in the future.
We are all the babyshoe.

 

With love and smiles,

Alexis