Lend a {Healthy} Hand

Check out the Lend a {Healthy} Hand Project on Facebook!

What is it?

Well despite what you may think it doesn’t even necessarily have to do with health and wellness. Lending a {Healthy} Hand can be any small (or large!) gesture of kindness towards someone else. I call it a healthy hand because usually when you do something good for someone it improves their life somehow which can make them a healthier individual and it also helps you! Studies have shown that people who go out of their way to be selfless and help others release more endorphins, are generally more happy, and live longer lives! So helping out seems pretty healthy to me!

Why?

I was initially inspired by Ann Curry’s 26 Acts  project following the violent acts that occurred early in 2013. Since those tragic events, I’ve seen a dramatic increase in people going out of their way to help others! It is so necessary right now and so nice to see people reaching out and really making an effort to do some good.

I thought it would be a good idea to feature some of these little acts of kindness! So I present the Lend a {Healthy} Hand round-up project! You’ve seen it in my tag line, you’ve seen it at the bottom of my posts and now you yourself can take part.

Here’s how you can get involved:

At the start of the week I will open up submissions for you to send in a “healthy help” you’ve given. You can tweet it to me, email me (proulxkr@roadrunner.com), leave a comment, or write on my facebook page! Then at the end of the week I will do a wrap up post featuring all of you and all the ways you’ve made a difference throughout the week!

If you discuss the project on Twitter use the hashtag #healthyhelpand make sure to @ me so I can retweet your mentions!

Also in the end of the week wrap up post (that Ion Friday’s!), I will have an area where you can link up if you decide to write your own Healthy Help post!

Sound good?

Here’s the button I came up with to represent the project! Feel free to put it on your blog or use it in a post where you mention the project!

Lend a {Healthy} Hand Round Up!

Lend a {Healthy} Hand

I hope this project can inspire others to be more mindful of how they can help out others on a day to day basis and contribute to the good deeds movement that is already underway in the US! This is a trend that needs to be kept going…its too important to let it fade into the background.

Email me with any questions or comments!

proulxkr@roadrunner.com

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Comments

  1. Nori S says

    While out on an evening walk, I came across a dog running across the street. I managed to get him to come to me. Luckily he had a tag on so I was able to call his owner and return him to his home, which was a few blocks away.

  2. Nori S says

    I won some baby related items, but since I don’t have children, I mailed them to a friend of mine who is pregnant.

  3. Waitingforsummer says

    I help people every day at work (I am a police officer), whether it’s unlocking car doors, finding housing, locating lost children, or even removing unwanted bats from apartments.

  4. Maryann D. says

    My elderly mother is in a nursing home rehabilitation center. My children and I visit often. All of us try to help the other residents that are staying there with any help they need, even if it is just to go and get a nurse for them. They do need a lot of help and appreciate all we do. We feel good after helping also.

  5. Maryann D. says

    I gave assistance to a woman who needed help and she was in a wheelchair. She called me an “Angel”. Made my day!

  6. andi zaferes says

    My act of kindness was sharing my notes with a friend who had to miss class and couldn’t make sense of the notes by himself.

  7. Maryann D. says

    I worked through my lunch time so that someone else would not have had to do my unfinished projects.

Trackbacks

  1. [...] Whether it’s shoveling a neighbor’s driveway, paying for the next person in line, sending care packages to soldiers in Afghanistan or simply smiling at a stranger, random acts of kindness, no matter how big or small the gesture, can truly make an impact on someone’s life. However, the recipient of the good deed is not the only one who benefits. It’s a proven fact that helping others can lift your mood, release endorphins (the same “feel good” hormones released through exercise) and give you a more positive outlook on life. With all these notions in mind, I started a project on my blog earlier this year to spread the word about lending a helping hand to others and to encourage others to be mindful of how they can make a difference on a daily basis. The Lend a {Healthy} Hand project is now going into its eighth week and every week it has grown in size and inspiration.  Here is a little bit about the project and how you can start “lending a {healthy} hand” in your own life! What is it? Well despite what you may think, it doesn’t necessarily have to do with health and wellness. Lending a {Healthy} Hand can be any small or large gesture of kindness towards someone else. I call it a “healthy hand” because, like I mentioned above, when you help someone out it improves both their life and yours. Studies have shown that people who go out of their way to be selfless and help others are generally happier AND live longer lives – sounds pretty healthy to me! Why? Recently, particularly with the Sandy Hook shooting and Ann Curry’s response in the form of 26 Acts, I’ve seen a dramatic increase in people going out of their way to help others. It is so nice to see people reaching out and really making an effort to do good in a world where negativity is all too frequent. I thought it would be a good idea to feature some of these little acts of kindness, so I started the Lend a {Healthy} Hand round-up project. As a part of my own efforts to do something nice for others each day, I have been including my own “healthy help” at the end of all my posts.  But now YOU can get involved and start spreading positivity in your own way. Here’s how you can get involved: At the start of the week I will open up submissions for you to send in a “healthy help” you’ve given. You can tweet it to me (@healthy_helper), email me (proulxkr@roadrunner.com), leave a comment on my blog, or write on my facebook page (facebook.com/healthyhelper). At the end of the week I’ll do a wrap up post featuring all of you and all of the ways you’ve made a difference throughout the week, as well as a few news stories featuring people making a difference all over the world. If you discuss the project on Twitter use the hashtag #healthyhelp and make sure to @ me so I can retweet your mentions! The response I’ve gotten from the blog world and from my readers has been overwhelming.  I am continually in awe of people’s capacity for kindness and selflessness.  I know there are more of you out there that I have yet to reach with my project and that’s why I’ve decided to share it with the Canisius community. I always see compassion and positivity in all of you and can’t wait to share what you’re doing with the rest of the world. Wake up everyday with the goal of going out of your way for someone else. You never know how much you can impact someone’s life with a small smile or gesture of care. For more information visit http://healthyhelperblog.com/lend-a-healthy-hand/ [...]

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