#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.

check the others here.

 

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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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Imagine People Complexly

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I was watching a Vlogbrothers video on YouTube (for those who don’t know, the Vlogbrothers channel is run by John and Hank Green wherein they cover many humorous and insightful topics such as Baby On The Road and The Five Worst Places To Vomit) when John Green spoke of imagining others complexly. It was then that I realized that the reason I started this blog was because of the general failure of others to imagine me, a disabled person, complexly. This isn’t an uncommon problem, and it doesn’t just happen to people like me. Rather, it is part of the human condition.

Today, May 1st, marks the beginning of ALS Awareness Month 2K15. This month I want to challenge you to look beyond first impressions and think of what other people are feeling. Go beyond your human-ness. Consider that other human lives are also filled with deadlines, and communications, responsibilities, circumstances, relationships, stressors, cravings, needs, loves, joys, happenings and so on. Complexities. Imagine others complexly. Especially when it is hard to do so. You may find that in imagining others complexly, you let go of judgements. Not only of others but of yourself.

Love and smiles,

Alexis

P.S. If you are interested, you can get “Imagine Me Complexly” button.

The Walk

The walk went well. The weather held out and was nice. Our team raised $2,280!! Here are a few pictures of the people that were a part of team “a little smile” also know as “Team Alexis”.

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My Bro, Cameron
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Mr. Paul and Mom
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Aunt Darla (back center), her friends and families!

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Kathy, my BFF’s mom, and her little bro

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Cameron and my G-Ma

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Friends at The Carol Blair Real Estate Group

Acts of Kindness

It’s fun to leave random notes anywhere and everywhere (other ideas).

Happy Post Its

Left this compliments poster on the window of a local fitness club.

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These were for the furry friends at the local shelter

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Left these rocks at Texas Neurology for anyone in need of a little inspiration.

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Picked up a few bouquets, divided them into mini bundles in our van, and then left them with a note on random vehicles in the parking lot.
The note read, “Science shows that a single smile has the equivalent hormonal value of a bar of dark chocolate. So, share a smile and create a daisy chain of cheer.”

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Put a dollar bill in your movie rental and return it for someone else to find.

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