Would you like to improve your overall mental health? It's easy. Be nice to others. Random acts of kindness don't just benefit the ones you gift but also helps your own mental health.
The Canadian Mental Health Association branch in Portage la Prarie, Manatoba is already planning its Mental Health Awareness Week in May. The plan in action will repeat last year's pay kindness forward campaign that was a huge success.
It was such a success in fact that other branches in Manitoba plan to have similar events.
Residents were asked to perform three acts of kindness. Leisa Miness, of the Canadian Mental Health Association branch in Portage la Prairie, Man.
and Don Boddy, president of the association's central division did three each to help get things going.
"We then gave to those people three cards each (that) asked them to pay it forward," she said. The organizers kept track of the acts.
People emailed and phones in their acts of kindness. It proves according to Miness that it only takes one person to change the world.
In Canada one in five suffer from some form of mental illness such as depression or bipolar disorder. Because of that large number four out of five Canadians are affected by it.
Not only does helping others just feel good studies show that those who are altruistic tend to have less probability of contracting Alzheimer's disease.
There's only one "problem" with random acts of kindness. Once you start a smile comes and stays with you. Your walk is lighter. The effects are contagious and you tend to repeat being kind.
Sometimes a little problem is a good thing.