The First Sip
Hey Sunday Brewers!
What do you get when you mix together a base of kindness with…
An ounce of gain…
And a dash of confusion?
Just another edition of the Sunday Brew ☕️
Natalie and her 5-year-old autistic son Rudy love taking seaside walks together.
It gives them a chance to exercise, enjoy some fresh air, and connect with one another.
However, there’s one small problem…
“My son loves to walk, but he hates to turn around and walk back,” Natalie says.
They’ll typically walk in a circuit to avoid the need to turn around, but sometimes they have no choice but to make a U-turn.
On most days, Natalie is perfectly equipped to handle the boy’s temper tantrums…
But on this particular day there was no calming Rudy down.
As he flailed on the ground, bystanders started to give mom judgmental stairs.
Natalie’s neck turned hot as she tried to get things under control.
Then the most amazing thing happened.
A kind stranger named Ian approached and asked if she was okay.
Natalie explained what was going on…
Before she knew it, Ian lay down on the ground near Rudy and calmly engaged him in conversation.
…and it worked!
Rudy regained his composure and Ian politely walked the mom and son back to their car.
Natalie eventually took to social media to share her heartfelt gratitude for Ian’s sacrificial gesture.
“In a world where you can be anything, be kind,” she wrote.
“Words are easy, these actions are not always so easy. This man is living the words and I couldn’t be more grateful.”
During a time with so much uncertainty, it’s helpful to remember that one small moment of kindness can completely change a stranger’s day.
Here’s to more random acts of kindness this week…
Do your thing, #ShiftNation!
1 Caffeinated Neurohack
Happiness creates physical changes in the body.
Your shoulders relax, circulation improves, blood pressure is reduced to a healthy level, and dozens of tiny facial muscles activate to form a smile.
But did you know this relationship works in reverse, too?
Even if you’re not feeling happy…
You can fake it ‘til you feel it.
In a study published in Experimental Psychology, researchers found smiling…even when fake…has a positive impact on mood.
The simple act of manipulating facial muscles to form a smile tricks your brain into thinking you’re happy.
Brain scans suggest the muscle movements of a smile actually stimulate the amygdala…
(which is the part of the brain that allows you to feel emotions)
…and encourages the release of dopamine.
So if you find yourself in a funk this week…
You know what to do…
Just bump the funk with a big ol’ grin!
☕ TL;DR: Fake a smile – you’ll trick your brain into feeling happier.
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