Monday, June 11, 2012

Antidote For A Bad Mood

For years people outside the Church scoffed at the Word of Wisdom, and then suddenly science began to prove that all sorts of life threatening health problems were directly related to things that the Word of Wisdom prohibited.

The same thing is now happening with other aspects of the gospel. For example, recent research has shown that performing a kind act (service) produces the most reliable increase in immediate well-being of any exercise that has ever been tested.

In his new book Flourish, the noted positive psychologist, Martin E. P. Seligman, tells of a time after an increase in the price of postage stamps when he spent forty-five minutes frustratingly waiting in a long line to buy one-cent stamps. When he finally arrived at the sales counter instead of buying only what he needed, he bought ten dollars’ worth of one-cent stamps and turned around and gave them to the people waiting in line. “It was one of the most satisfying moments of my life,” he explains.
He then makes a challenge that I pass on to you: Find one wholly unexpected kindness to do today and just do it. (Be sure to take note of what it does to your mood!)


6L's said...

i love the story about the stamp! so true how it turns your mood around to make someone else happy by your action. thanks for sharing. :)

Wendi said...

Thanks for this good reminder. I went to the temple today and did sealings and initiatories. It sure did make me feel happy. :)