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acts of kindness
  • Surprise someone with an authentic compliment about how they handled something.
  • Listen closely to an acquaintance who’s in need of being heard.
  • Lend a hand to a stranger.
  • Say a genuine “thank you” to the conductor on the train or the cashier at the grocery store.
  • Let another driver cut in front of you with a cheery wave.
  • Check in on your elderly neighbor and share coffee and a laugh.
  • Smile and make eye contact with a stranger.

With one random act of kindness at a time, we help each other become more present and connected — and healthier, too.

Excerpted from How to Be Well, by Frank Lipman, MD. Copyright © 2018 by Frank Lipman, MD. Illustrations by Giacomo Bagnara. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

This originally appeared as “Connect: Practice Appreciation for Your Fellow Beings” in “6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life” in the July/August 2018 print issue of Experience Life.

Illustration by: Giacomo Bagnara

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