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Random Acts of Kindness Day is Good for You, Says Science

If you’re a cool, kind person who likes doing cool, kind stuff for other people, then we’ve got good news for you: Science says you’re a healthy human! If this sounds like you, then keep up the good work, because it’s Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Day, when people the world over make an extra effort to do nice things for others.

If this doesn’t sound like you, then maybe knowing that kindness can make you live longer will spur you to take part in RAK. According to numerous studies, kindness can give you more energy, reduce pain, stress, and anxiety, make you happier and lower blood pressure. On top of all this good news, being a kind human is an important part of being a Muslim, so embracing RAK will make you feel better physically and spiritually.

On that note, here’s a recent act of kindness by young Muslims that made us feel like we’d pressed our face on the cold side of a pillow, or walked barefoot on dewy grass, or sipped coke out of a glass bottle, or anything else known to be universally great. Earlier this week, thirty volunteers came together to clean up a church in Iraq.

The Christian Chaldean church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Drakziliya, on the left bank of the Tigris River in Mosul, had fallen under Daesh control. Before the terrorist group were recently driven out of the area, they’d used the church as a makeshift logistics base. When the Iraqi army regained control of the church, they discovered it was filled with trash, banners and graffiti. But not for long. The young volunteers, with tools in hand, came and cleared up the mess Daesh had made. We can’t say if any of the group experienced lower blood pressure or more energy, but we’re fairly certain they all felt a lot happier once they were done.

Whether you’re volunteering as a group or simply sending a text to a friend, random acts of kindness don’t go unnoticed. So today, go the extra mile to make someone feel good.

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