Improving Your Immune System With Acts Of Kindness

Hello Friends,

Hope all is well. Here's a short story that reminds us to do something nice for others from time to time. Dr. Wayne Dyer, in his special Power Of Intentions, said that the immune system of three parties are improved as a result of helping someone.

1.)Your immune system.
2.)The receivers immune system.
3.)And I think most amazingly, the observers immune system.

He used some big medical term which I can't remember right now but the point is, doing good for others affects more than we realize. Sure it makes us feel good. And the whole point is to make the other person feel good. But what I didn't think of, is the people that observe that act of kindness. They too are put into a better mood as a result of just seeing the act.

Remember that you never know who might be watching your actions. Your "niceness" may be what someone needs to see to restore their faith in humanity. Challenge yourself to do something nice for someone else at least once a day. It doesn't have to be huge. I could be as simple as just saying to a random stranger, "have a good day." It doesn't take much.

Enjoy the following story. Find a way to help others, and you will be doing your part to making our world a better place. Have a great day, and ALWAYS FEEL GOOD!

The Sack Lunches

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my
assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a
good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and
filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to
start a conversation. 'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.

'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan .

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time..

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to base.'

His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. 'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'

Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?'

'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class. 'This is your thanks.'

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand, and said, 'I want to shake your hand.'

Quickly unfastening my seat belt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.'

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals.

It seemed so little...

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.'

May God give you the strength and courage to pass this along to
everyone on your email buddy list....



Gloria said...

Great story, very inspirational and it's certainly set me up for the day.

Thank you so much for sharing this with us and I take your point that doing good for others gives personal satisfaction but also has such wider significance for the well-being of the world as a whole.

Be seeing you soon . . and thanks for following me!!

Dexter Francois said...

Hi Gloria. Thanks for visiting. Make sure you continue to make the lives of those around you better. We are all better for it. Many Blessings!

Martina J said...

Oh my, I am so proud of you! That was a eventful flight! This post really warmed my heart. I was smiling as I read.

That was a wonderful thing that you did and I am sure that you did it from the humility of your heart - not looking for any praise. But it is good to know that your actions were appreciated.

As I read I was wondering what you were going to do with the money that you collected, then you pleased me by giving it to the soldiers. Almost brought tears to

Dexter Francois said...

Hi Nativa. How are you? I think you may have misunderstood. This was a story about someone else. Not me. I don't know if I would have thought to do that. But that's the beauty of this Universe. It is always teaching us lessons if we are willing to listen.

After reading this story, I will probably be more in this mindset. Next time an opportunity like this occurs, I will not be so selfish. We should always be learning. Thank you for visiting again. It is truly a pleasure to have met you. Blessings!