The health benefits of being nice:
How practicing random acts of kindness promotes happiness.

Health benefits of kindess

Not long ago I was running some errands and just before returning home I stopped by Starbucks and went through the drive-through to grab a coffee drink. There was a long line and I was in a hurry to get back on the freeway before the afternoon traffic. You have to beat the rush before 3:30 p.m. at this particular location, or you are in for bumper-to-bumper traffic for the next 25 miles. I was getting a little edgy and wished the line would hurry up a bit.

When at last it was my turn, I reached out my hand to give the young man at the window my $10 bill to pay for my cappuccino but he didn't take my money. Instead he said, "The lady in the car in front of you already paid for your drink."

Excuse me! I looked at the car pulling out of the driveway and I didn't recognize it. I asked the young man to explain to me why she had paid for my coffee. He answered, "No reason that I know of, except maybe as an act of kindness."

SHOP Amazon's Top 100* Best Selling Vitamins & Nutritional Supplements
+ Free Shipping & Returns on Eligible Items.
(*Amazon's Top 100 list updated hourly.)

When I finally had my coffee in hand and I moved toward the freeway, I noticed a smile on my face and my mood was definitely lifted. By this time the traffic had already poured onto the freeway, but I was able to spend the next 30 minutes in bumper-to-bumper traffic enjoying my coffee and listening to some great songs on the radio.

Practicing acts of kindness
Wherever you are at this moment, right now is the perfect time to participate in Random Acts of Kindness. This activity is a selfless act performed by a person or persons wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual. There will generally be no reason other than to make people smile, or to bring them a moment of happiness.

I remember some years back stopping at a fast-food restaurant to get myself a quick lunch to go. I was starved and couldn't wait to get in the car and take my first bite. I was surprised to encounter a very dirty beggar in that neighborhood as I walked across the parking lot to my car. He came up to me and asked for some spare change... or some food. My immediate response was, "I don't have any extra change." Then I quickly remembered he also asked for food. I looked at the bag in my hand and knew what I had to do. I handed it over to him and said, "Maybe this will help." As I walked back into the restaurant to order again I was aware of a lift in my step. It felt good.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ~ Aesop

Research does bear out that giving to other people, rather than to ourselves, does indeed benefit us. A 2008 study published in Science magazine found that "spending more of one's income on others predicted greater happiness."

In remembering these and a few other acts of kindness, I thought to myself, I wonder what would happen if all of us spent time this week or even this month looking for ways to practice random acts of kindness on family, friends, neighbors and strangers? What stories would we have to share with each other?

Let's do it! Let's do something special for others, be creative and make someone's day!

Excerpt from VITAJOURNAL, February 2011. Judy Ellison, Ph.D., is a psychologist, author and motivational speaker. She has inspired people around the world to reach within and find their passionate purpose to live a more meaningful life.

From the Maui Health Research Desk...

Over a dozen fast, simple ways to eat healthier foods (and enjoy every bite)
easy ways to eat more vegetables

There is no better time than right now to start making informed food choices and developing sound eating and exercise habits.

To help put more healthy "color" in your daily diet, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) offers these tips to enjoy fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat/fat-free dairy products.

  1. Enjoy your pizza topped with broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini.
  2. For a sweet and healthy sauce on grilled or broiled seafood or poultry, puree berries, apples, peaches or pears.
  3. Whip up a breakfast smoothie with low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana.
  4. Have whole-grain rice left over? Heat it up with chopped apple, nuts and cinnamon.
  5. Make a veggie wrap with roasted vegetables and low-fat cheese rolled in a whole-wheat tortilla.
  6. Instead of chips, try crunchy vegetables with your favorite low-fat dip or salad dressing.
  7. Grill colorful vegetable kabobs of tomatoes, green and red peppers, mushrooms and onions.
  8. Banana split: top a sliced banana with a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt.
  9. Brighten up salads with baby carrots, grape tomatoes, spinach leaves or mandarin oranges.
  10. Prepare instant oatmeal with low-fat/fat-free milk instead of water.
  11. Make an omelet a meal by stuffing it with broccoli, squash, carrots, peppers, tomatoes or onions with low-fat sharp cheddar cheese.
  12. Wake up to fruit. Add it to your morning oatmeal, cold cereal, yogurt or toaster waffle.
  13. Enjoy "nature's fast food:" raw vegetables and fruits that are cleaned, fresh and ready to eat.
  14. Stuff a whole grain pita with ricotta cheese and apple slices; add a dash of cinnamon.

Broccoli: a vegetable for all seasons

Broccoli is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Developed from wild cabbage in ancient Roman times, broccoli made its way to the U.S. in colonial times, brought over by Italian immigrants. However, its popularity didn't really take off until the 1970s. By 2005, Americans were eating 5.6 pounds of broccoli per person every year.

When choosing broccoli at the store or farmers market, look for firm stalks and florets that are tightly closed and green. Keep in mind that if you overcook it, you won't get the health benefits; overcooking can leach the nutrients out of it.nutritional benefits of broccoli A study in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that steaming broccoli is the best way to preserve its nutrients; microwaving is the worst way to prepare it.

Probably the only bad thing you'll hear about broccoli is that it can be odiferous when cooked. But don't let that deter you from enjoying this health-enhancing, delicious treat.

Tips for enjoying the outdoors...

What's the best treatment for sunburn?

You already know it, but we're going to say it again anyway: Preventing a sunburn is much safer and less painful than treating one.

SHOP NOW for Low Prices on Amazon's Top 100* Best Selling Skin Sun Protection
+ Free Shipping & Returns on Eligible Items.
(*Amazon's Top 100 list updated hourly.)

Despite our best intentions, however, most of us will suffer from some degree of sunburn. When this happens, here are tips for minimizing the sunburn damage and discomfort: both the heat injury to the skin and the radiation damage to our skin's protective, outer layer. (The goal is to get the skin cool and keep it from drying out.)

1. Press gently on the skin with a wet, cool washcloth (cool compress) or take a cool shower.

treatment for sunburns

2. While your skin is still wet, apply an alcohol-free moisturizer (or the gel from a filleted aloe vera leaf) to lock in the moisture. Don't use salve, butter or ointment

3. You can take Tylenol to minimize the pain or Ibuprofen to treat both the pain and inflammation.

4. Avoid additional sun exposure and do not burst blisters if they appear.

5. Sunburned infants under 1 year of age or anyone who is experiencing a fever or severe pain should seek medical attention.

Low Prices on Best Selling VITAMINS &


A Sampling of Today's Health News Headlines
L.A. Times - Health
L.A. Times - Health
Coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic and health news.
05/19/2022 10:37 AM
New coronavirus mystery: Some are getting COVID-19 again even after taking Paxlovid

Health experts are urging people to be cautious if they develop symptoms again after taking anti-COVID pills.

05/18/2022 01:30 PM
Jimmy Kimmel 'is such a positive person' that he tested positive for COVID-19 again

Comedians John Mulaney and Andy Samberg have will guest host 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' while Kimmel continues to recover from COVID-19.

05/18/2022 08:00 AM
With new coronavirus wave, L.A. faring much better than New York. Can it last?

Officials remain hopeful that California can avoid the significant increases in coronavirus hospitalizations seen on the East Coast.

05/17/2022 10:07 PM
L.A. doctor accused of issuing fake COVID-19 vaccination cards, injecting patients with plasma

Dr. Donald Plance is accused of forging cards and falsely claiming that the blood plasma injections would protect patients from contracting the virus.

05/17/2022 06:40 PM
Vaccinated but anti-vaccine, Eric Clapton tests positive for COVID-19

'Eric Clapton is unfortunately suffering from COVID,' his team said. 'Traveling and performing ... could substantially delay his full recovery.'

05/17/2022 02:32 PM
More free COVID rapid tests are available. Here's how to get yours

The Biden administration announced Tuesday that each U.S. household can order eight free at-home test kits, on top of the eight previously made available.

05/16/2022 08:43 PM
L.A. coronavirus hospitalizations start rising again; officials urge mask-wearing

The 29% week-over-week increase in coronavirus-positive hospitalizations was the highest weekly percentage increase in L.A. County since mid-January

NYT > Health
NYT > Health

05/19/2022 12:53 PM
Fentanyl Tainted Pills Cause Drug Fatalities Among Youth to Soar
Teenagers and young adults are turning to Snapchat, TikTok and other social media apps to find Percocet, Xanax and other pills. The vast majority are laced with deadly doses of fentanyl, police say.
05/19/2022 11:05 AM
Puberty Starts Earlier Than It Used To. No One Knows Why.
Some girls are starting to develop breasts as early as age 6 or 7. Researchers are studying the role of obesity, chemicals and stress.
05/19/2022 01:16 PM
Lawmakers Grill F.D.A. Chief on Baby Formula Oversight Amid Shortages
Dr. Robert Califf, the agency commissioner, is the first administration official to face congressional scrutiny over the infant formula supply crisis.
05/19/2022 11:04 AM
C.D.C. Panel Meet for Debate on Whether to Advise Pfizer Boosters for Children 5 to 11
Although the F.D.A. authorized the shots this week, hesitancy is high. Fewer than one-third of children in this age group have received two doses.
05/18/2022 06:29 PM
A Massachusetts Man Is Infected With Monkeypox
The case, the first in the U.S. this year, follows unusual clusters discovered in Europe and Canada.
05/18/2022 04:09 PM
Over 75 Percent of Long Covid Patients Were Not Hospitalized for Initial Illness, Study Finds
Researchers analyzed the largest database of private insurance claims in the United States in the first four months after a diagnostic code for long Covid was created.
05/18/2022 02:06 PM
Since You’re Already Getting a Flu Shot, Why Not One for Covid, Too?
Scientists and federal health officials are debating plans to pair coronavirus and flu vaccinations in the fall.
05/17/2022 03:01 AM
Targeting the Uneven Burden of Kidney Disease on Black Americans
New treatments aim for a gene variant causing the illness in people of sub-Saharan African descent. Some experts worry that focus will neglect other factors.
Health : NPR
Health : NPR
05/19/2022 10:48 AM
Nearly 270 cases of salmonella have been linked to chocolate Easter eggs
European health officials say that 266 confirmed cases and 58 suspected cases of an outbreak have been reported throughout Europe and in North America. The vast majority of the cases are in children.
05/19/2022 05:11 AM
Nurses have had an up-close view of the pandemic deaths in the U.S.
The one million U.S. deaths from COVID-19 happened out of sight for most Americans. It was often nurses who were caring for these patients and bearing witness to their deaths.
05/19/2022 05:11 AM
White House invokes the Defense Production Act for the baby formula shortage
The Biden administration says help is on the way to address the nationwide baby formula shortage. How would the Defense Production Act, a legal vestige of the Cold War era, help?
05/19/2022 05:00 AM
Here's what we know about North Korea's COVID outbreak — and its ability to handle it
North Korea says it's experiencing its first COVID outbreak. Experts are skeptical, but they are also wondering if this means the country will accept outside help or if it can handle it alone.
05/19/2022 05:00 AM
Poll: Two-thirds say don't overturn Roe; the court leak is firing up Democratic voters
Seven-in-10 U.S. adults say they support some restrictions on abortions, and Americans are split on 15-week bans and whether abortion-inducing medication should be allowed to be mailed to homes.
05/19/2022 05:00 AM
Pro-Trump counties continue to suffer far higher COVID death tolls
As Americans commemorate a million deaths due to COVID-19, the partisan divide of who has gotten sick and died continues to grow, mostly due to disinformation about the vaccines.
05/19/2022 05:00 AM
How the U.S. got into this baby formula mess
Just a handful of formula makers dominate the industry so a single plant shutdown can lead to empty shelves.
05/18/2022 07:43 PM
Suppliers now must direct needed ingredients to infant formula manufacturers
President Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act to try to help with the infant formula shortage. Suppliers must direct needed ingredients to formula manufacturers before filling other orders.
Copyright 2022 All rights reserved. rss Subscribe to our RSS
Information provided here should not be relied on to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition, disease or illness. Please consult with your physician or health care professional for guidance on any health concern. is a commercial website and is not affiliated with any government agency, university, or private medical center. COMPENSATION DISCLOSURE: This site may be compensated for products promoted here. Read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.