A recent study by the University of California into ‘gratitude’ was conducted by way of a six-week study where participants kept a daily journal. In it they recorded 3-5 things once a day they were grateful for. From this study they found remarkable results; participants recorded feeling much more positive about the future, heightened optimism, experiencing greater life satisfaction and surprisingly less health problems.
“This continual positive affirmation is now medically associated with improving ones overall health by way of a chemical change in the body. Practicing kindness in your everyday life is one of the strongest ways this change can manifest.” Victoria Kasunic, Psychologist
Many of the world’s religions also encompass a ritual of gratitude and giving within their teachings. Many of our societies have been founded on these principles however it is widely argued that a symptom of popular secular social structures is that these customs have been eroded in the everyday ritual. Hyper consumerism is ego and self centered, it pits man against his neighbour and encourages us to look after our own.
Social responsibility however is en-vogue and many generations who have felt the affects of this hyper consumerism have sort alternative lifestyle options that are typically more collaborative and respectful in nature.
Karma Police’s giving theory is as old as the ages; do unto others as you would like done to you. Giving is such a gift but as Mother Theresa once said;