Not sure if you've heard, but there's this virus going around, and people are having some feelings about it. You know, like pure primal fight or flight panic, rage, existential crisis's, irrational toilet paper hoarding (or is it rational?!), despair, depression, hopelessness etc...
Personally, I have been noticing that I bounce from panic to despair and then straight into warm, fuzzy, feelings about the goodness of people. When I'm in panic or despair, my brain tells me that I’ve always felt this way and I will always feel this way. Free a few weeks of this I finally noticed a pattern to when I am feeling hopeful and when I'm feeling terrible.
Last week I was talking to my therapist about this special I was running where someone could send a friend a bar of soap with an uplifting card and handwritten note. I felt proud to be a part of adding joy and I was so moved by the messages people were sending each other. Funny, sweet, courageous and kind. I realized that I feel good when I'm being of service to others.
Apparently, there's actually science proving the connection between physical and emotional health and helping others! A couple of my favorite people have talked about this phenomenon before: